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Dec 24, 2012 4:30pm PST
to the fiscal cliff deadline, but with those talks on hold, so is the santa claus rally on wall street. and they're a rare breed in corporate america. we look at why so few c.e.o.'s are women. that and more, tonight on nbr. >> susie: not a very merry day of trading on wall street today. it was a holiday shortened session, and the investors and traders working on this half- day were playing it safe, especially with the fiscal cliff talks on holiday break as well. when the closing bell rang at 1:00 eastern time, the dow was down 51 points, the nasdaq lost eight, and the s&p was off 3 points. so while wall street worked half a day, washington was on vacation. lawmakers are increasingly pessimistic about a big agreement-- or any agreement-- being reached before the year ends. darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: 'twas the night before christmas, and all through the house, nothing much was going on. it was the same story in the senate. washington's cliff talks still remain deadlocked. congress will return on thursday, and it's still possible a few days of holiday cheer and const
PBS
Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm PST
-minute agreement to avoid the worst of the fiscal cliff. if we do go over the cliff, the i.r.s. has warned most taxpayers may not be able to file their returns until late march. that would mean long delays for many tax refunds. and economists warn the economic effects will be felt quickly if $600 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts begin to take effect next year. at this rate, it looks like lawmakers will celebrate new year's eve at work-- if not resolving the fiscal cliff, at least trying to avoid the blame. darren gersh, nbr, washington. >> susie: going over the fiscal cliff will not only have an impact on the national level, it will also hit states and eventually cities. if lawmakers fail to reach a deal before january 1, the cliff's across the board spending cuts and tax increases will impact how much money states get from the federal government. ruben ramirez reports from washington. >> reporter: we all know the numbers. failing to reach a deal by january 1 will result in $109 billion in automatic cuts to federal spending. and while that's a big number, what ma
FOX News
Dec 25, 2012 3:00pm PST
the looming fiscal cliff. consumer spending bounced back after dipping in october. >> overall sales will be up 5-6%. >> but at the same tie he said shoppers are holding back and the businesses are holding back on filling positions, because the economic climate for 2013 is uncertain. doug? >> can't get out of neutral. >> can't get out of neutral. >> we'll have more on this with the panel. washington did not get a fiscal cliff deal for christmas so that means president obama and lawmakers will need to kick it to overdrive to get something done by new year's. this is easier said than done. >> after weeks of bitterness, this is not a contest of the parties between who looks good and who doesn't. >> the only thing both sides agree on now is christmas may provide a cooling off period. >> ebb can drink eggnog. have christmas cookies. sing christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. >> hope springers eternal. >> when the christmas trees come down tomorrow from waikiki beach and elsewhere, the nation will be staring at the cliff that economists warned could spark a new recession. the fact
FOX Business
Dec 25, 2012 12:00am EST
prosperous and safe and be loved. goodnight. fore this fiscal cliff thing happens. melissa francis is next. melissa: merry christmas eve, everyone. north american aerospace commander norad is currently tracking santa's progress. so far he has delivered within 2.3 billion gives. he has a way to go. my little guys are still waiting for their presence. captain, thank you for joining me. is there anything santa should look out for? >> not at all. we are looking very carefully. it looks like it will be smooth sailing for santa tonight. melissa: how is his progress so far? 2.3 billion is a lot of gifts. he has a lot of ground to cover. >> he is only about a third of the way through his journey. he is down in the and arctic area heading towards madagascar. it looks like he will be right over the eastern part of the united states at about 9:00 p.m. tonight. melissa: where has he been so far? >> so far, he has covered all of asia. he started off in the island and moved over to japan, russia, india, and is making his way up the east side of africa. melissa: you do not see any weather problems l
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 9:45pm EST
to engage washington and the national media is you should apply it to the fiscal cliff. i thought to myself, at the reagan library, what better place to go back to pirs principles. and since i have written three novel on george washington. what better part earn than to wave the two giants ronald reagan after whom the soviet empire desired and george washington after whom we became a country. what are the lessons of history. i don't study it because it's an interesting habit. i study to better understand the present and future engage in making history by intelligent and informed citizens. what are some of the lessons? let me start with the fiscal cliff. sky an obviously question. how many of you heard the term fiscal cliff? [laughter] i want to say something in washington which will be seen as her receipt call and gingrich going off and making no sense. the contract of america, the balanced budget, welfare reform. i participated my career, reagan's economics defeat of the society yef empire. i'm proud of the number of things i participated in that made no sense in washington. by thoma
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 4:30am PST
out of washington this yore, not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of a $7.5 billion in nonentitled services is. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $80 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts would be in health care, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: across the bay alameda county supervisor predicted -- >> our health clinics will get hut. our w. i. c. program which is a program for mothers they get nutrition for their newborn babies and we have several sites in alameda county that would also experience a large cut. >> reporter: education would also take a hit. >> this would undo a lot of the good a lot of californians are willing to invest in the schools. perhaps as much as 10% for the special needs students and the meals program that so many of the students in georgia are growing up -- california are growing up in poverty and they need that meal. >> reporter: it's not just the immediate cuts that worries the local officials, it's also the ongoing uncertainty that comes from the stalemate in wash
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
. >> glor: john blackstone, thank rou. john mentioned the fiscal cliff. tinight we've learned democrats emocraw moving ahead on their hei plan to avoid it now that talks have broken down with john boehner. white house and congressional leaders have until january 1 to lork out a budget deal. resident obama is in hawaii on udget dn. nancy cordes is there as well. nancy, good evening. nancy, goor: jeff, this would : sentially be a last-ditch effort to avert the fiscal ially be sources tell us that aides to the president have been in talks preliminary talks, with aides to senate majority leader harry elf who himself was here in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of senator daniel inouye. eid is now working, we're told, on a smaller package than the comprehensive deal than the president was working on with speaker boehner. than tmall package would prevent tax rates from rising for middle-class, perhaps cut some spending and tie up a few other loose ends. so far, though, senator reid has so fbeen in touch with republicans over this plan. blicans ovent and the first lady as you mentioned, are
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 5:00am PST
impact on health and welfare programs. >>> the dreaded fiscal cliff can potentially affect a wide range of health programs. >> cbs news' wyatt andrews explains. >> reporter: professor mallen like hundreds of medical researchers has already fallen off the fiscal cliff. her budget which relies on federal grants is being cut by 10% now. as the nih, the national institutes of health, prepares for the possibility of budget cuts later. >> it's as much bigger than just my lab. it's affecting all-academic labs across the country. >> reporter: mallen understands the nih decision but calls it a setback. >> my lab will have to shut down research projects that we know would -- could have profound impacts on curing human disease. we may have to get rid of some staff members. >> reporter: the nih tells us because of uncertainty in the budget awards at 90% of what was perhapsed to researchers -- promised to researchers will be the standard at least for now and the threat of the cut raised alarms. >> some of the cuts -- >> reporter: at johns hopkins the doctor is under pressure to reduce the expe
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
south. your forecast is coming up. >>> and we're seven days away from going off the fiscal cliff and with washington in a political gridlock we're getting closer and closer. the question, how will it affect you and your paycheck? >>> the images, the words, the names, highlights and low lights of 2012. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello wishing you and yours a merry christmas and we begin with pope benedict xvi using his an i'll christmas message to speak about the hope for peace even in the most difficult times and situations. >> translator: in this world there's a good soil which god has prepared -- >> just hours ago the 85-year-old pope spoke to a crowd in st. peter's square and millions of others watching around the world. he said even in syria, a nation embroiled in a nearly two-year long civil war peace is possible. >> translator: yes, peace for the people of syria. deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless. and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 4:00am PST
friends. with the house hopelessly deadlocked any chance of averting the fiscal cliff will start in the senate and there's a bit of news on that front. our white house correspondent brianna keilar joins us live from honolulu, hawaii. so a slight bit of news. do tell. >> reporter: i hesitate to even say it's a slight bit of news because it's sort of exactly what we would expect, to be honest. the white house is talking about senate democrats about what senate majority leader harry reid will have to cobble together when the senate reconvenes on the 27th and that's really the last-ditch effort. it's seen as the senate trying to do something that can also pass the house, so this is exactly what you would expect. the real problem though is as of this morning, just a week out from when the fiscal cliff is expected to hit. there's no discussions between congressional democrats and congressional republicans even on the staff level. this is what democratic and republican sources are telling me, and overall just to remind people, instead of this being -- here's what we expect. instead of this bei
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
the fiscal cliff looms closer. and so does the dairy cliff? why we could soon see $7 a gallon prices for milk. ,,,,,,,, [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps control cravings all day long. ♪ quit one day at a time with nicoderm cq. >>> and good morning everyone, of course it is christmas. december 25th. merry christmas everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. >> that's right and i'm elizabeth wenger, michelle has the morning off. >> and we begin somewhere some breaking news in the south bay. firefighters are at the scene of a three alarm fire in campbell. this is at the engineering building intersection of bell and division. no word on what may have started the fire. we will have the very latest information as soon as we get it but some live pictures there you can see a number of firefighters on the scene. and as we mentioned more coming up a little bit later. >>> okay. and we're going to i think start off with some t
NBC
Dec 25, 2012 6:00pm EST
capitol to finish their fight over the fiscal cliff. >> anyone who has not taken advantage of the tax credit, act fast. you have a few days to save hundreds of dollars. officials are reminding all consumers to postmarked applications by december 31 or you'll have to wait another year. the legislation in 2007 by the state general assembly. homeowners must submit eligibility, which limits the amount of assessment increase. spending the holidays at home is not in the plans for george h. w. bush. he is spending another night in hospital. he has been in the hospital since last month with a lingering bronchitis' cough. doctors had hoped to release them but he delivered a fever. doctors say they are optimistic he will recover. the good news come he is surrounded by his wife and other relatives. nelson mandela is looking better after two weeks in the hospital. he had surgery to remove gall stones and developed a lung infection. no word on whether the former president will be released but he does remain in good spirits. she had a memorable moment with daniel craig and now queen elizabeth's's c
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 10:00pm EST
used to that deduction. it is great to have you with us. the amaou. the fiscal cliff fiasco. the obama plan, to the speakersi boehner plan, it will either o alter the rising rate of spending were less than the science of our bloated government. the answer in tonight "chalk talk" is coming up so, this board gives me rates for progressive direct and other car insurance companies? yes. but you're progressive, and they're them. yes. but they're here. yes. are you...? there? yes. no. are you them? i'm me. but those rates are for... them. so them are here. yes! you want to run through it again? no, i'm good. you got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. lou: you know, everybody's getting pretty excited about that fiscal cliff negotiation or impasse, however you want to3 style it. mayi want t showu, lou: everybody is getting re ofed about the fiscal clifft, negotiation. i thought i would show you what thuld happen if we change into the speaker boehner plan, the president obama plan, let's start out with the do-nothing plan because that's the plan
PBS
Dec 24, 2012 6:30pm PST
hoping for better times in the coming months. the big topic remains the fiscal cliff. we don't know if we can avoid it, yes or no. there's still some hope for a kind of a deal done in the next few trading days, but all the talk about the fiscal cliff is keeping the mood on wall street down. blue chips trading a bit lower and a mixed session with retailers. it looks like the christmas shopping season was not that stellar, at least for the traditional retailers. the fiscal cliff is the big topic and traders are hoping we resolve that in the next few days. >> after his singsong of waiting until the sun shines. christmas eve and the dow slipping just a little bit down. in the currency market, the euro against the dollar, $1.3187. final day of the festive shopping season, the biggest moneymaker for plenty of retailers, so how did this year's sales measure up? >> it will take time for the numbers to be processed, but most think it was better than average. >> germans use the remaining hours before the shops close to snap up last-minute gifts. the big department stores in frankfurt were cho
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 4:00am PST
holiday break, there's been no movement on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the nato base in kabul, sang some carols, then enjoyed a holiday dinner. >>> and coming up on the "morning news," he may be messy funny, jack klugman from "the odd couple "has died. a look back at his remarkable career. [ female announcer ] introducing u the latest coffee machine from nespresso. modular. intuitive. combines espresso and fresh milk. the new u. nespresso. what else? available at these fine retailers. >>> firefighters in california battled a raging river yesterday to rescue a homeless man. he was living on an island in the los angeles river and got into trouble after a fast-moving storm tore through the area. rescuers used an inflatable boat to reach the island and tossed ropes to the man which he tied around a tree. the man was taken to the hospital and treated for hy
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 9:00pm EST
portfolios coming toward the end of the year. a people are getting very nervous about the fiscal cliff. i was on the show a couple of weeks ago whe and i was not a tn concerned because i thought we would get a deal done.al it is starting to hurt people.ut a good call by you. frankly, gerri, that is what will hurt stocks and investors spending or appetite as s well.e gerri: i love it when you tell me i am right. it often doesn't last very longy i have got to think when we get some real claritytt on this no matter what whether it is good x or bad for investors and taxpayers there will be a little relief in the market, don't you think? >> i think so. clarity, what a lot of people are looking for. both sides of the aisle wants to get something done, it is just what.y we talk about the s&p 500. when you look at corporate profits and the impact, potential chans in the tax relations will be on those company profits, you have to revalue the market somewhere in here which is a lower price again companies trying to have to pay the government more money. gerri: let's talk about 201 201n what we migh
FOX Business
Dec 25, 2012 5:00pm EST
to really spill the truth what all this tax talk and fiscal cliff concerns really mean for businesses an your money. jim amos, chairman of planet smoothie. we have the ceo of fast signs and the jamie richardson the vice president of white castle. we have a power panel on today. thank you all for joining us. i want to start with some news from clarence otis, ceo of darden restaurants. obviously he came out and said that the forecast for his company going forward is looking bleak for a couple of different reasons. he said the negative media coverage that focused on darden and how they might accommodate health care reform has really hurt the company. he was someone who came out and said they would have to go ahead and use many more part-time workers because obamacare was simply too expensive. there was a big backlash against that. so he is going to have to go ahead and as a result, they will keep their full-time workers on. they will really stuck with the cost of obamacare. he also said, you know, they're having a tough time because people aren't coming into the restaurants be
FOX News
Dec 24, 2012 4:00pm PST
dropping over the fiscal cliff. today wall street was clearly worried about that possibility. we will have details on that ahead. we will also take a look back at the wildest video clips of 2012. you don't want to miss this. that's coming up at the bottom of the hour on fox report. ♪ [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- what starts with adding a friend... ♪ ...could end with adding a close friend. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. regular folks with cell phones captured some of the most funny moments of o2012. jonathan hunt has a look at this year's most unforgettable caught-on-camera moments. >> surveillance cameras are all around us. worldwide recording an estimated 4 billion hours of footage every week. and with a growing number of americans armed with smart phones we are seeing caught on camera moments like never before. 30 million surveillance cameras deployed in the united states catching your every move. >> that was probably one of the funniest things i have ever seen in my life try to collar a suspect down the roa
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm EST
deduction. it is great to have you with us. the amaou. the fiscal cliff fiasco. the obama plan, to the speakersi boehner plan, it will either o alter the rising rate of spending were less than the science of our bloated government. the answer in tonight "chalk talk" is coming up next you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, tato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. lou: you know, everybody's getting pretty excited about that fiscal cliff negotiation or impasse, however you want to3 style it. mayi want t showu, lou: everybody is getting re ofed about the fiscal clifft, negotiation. i thought i would show you what thuld happen if we change into the speaker boehner plan, t
FOX
Dec 25, 2012 5:00am PST
planned, what he is saying about avoiding the fiscal cliff. >>> and what they are doing to keep escalators in service at bart stations. >>> we have a report in the south bay coming up, we will tell you about that next. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start streaming six ways to sunday. you'd get knocked off. and sometimes, it took a minute to download a song. that's sixty seconds, for crying out loud. we know how long a minute is! sitting, waiting for an album to download. i still have back problems. you're only 14 and a half. he doesn't have back problems. you kids have got it too good if you ask me. [ male announcer ] now u-verse high speed internet has more speed options, reliability and ways to connect. rethink possible. . >>> welcome back, new this morning, thousands have been left homeless in manila. authorities say a riot broke out after a second fire left 8,000 people homeless. a man was accused of starting the fire but the fire was likely sparked by a burning candle. >>> in south africa, former
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 2:00am PST
threats on christmas day, and one week to go. with the fiscal cliff in sight both sides quiet on future talks. >>> and nfl triumph. coach chuck pagano back in time for the playoffs with the colts. merry christmas, dana bash. >> you, too, alina. i'm dana bash in d.c. let's get started. up first. be careful what you wish for. those dreaming of a white christmas could be in for a whiteout. extreme weather is on the way christmas day and on the way for many. millions could be in store for a foot of snow or more. it could be even a rare white christmas down south along with a threat of tornadoes. more on the holiday storm and all the delays. good morning, merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> give us the good, the bad and the ugly. >> unfortunately, for travelers, yesterday was pretty bad but today could be worse. dangerous lightning flaring up at this hour across louisiana and arkansas and behind it snow starting off as a mixture of sleet and freezing rain in places like oklahoma city and little rock, arkansas. lightning moving into dallas and stone yo this hour, so the severe weather thr
CBS
Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
. >> week dirk not during a holiday. we pay do 5 fiscal cliff dollars. we're doing like $30,000 by mid- afternoon now days. >> he says seven times normal isn't as good as other holiday seasons. >> what are you shopping for today? >> family presents. getting shoes and gift considered. >> i guess it is not such a secret. >> this family already got aludels and there sure were a lot to be had. nationwide spending was down. some tried to make it up on this last day possible. >> some point in time where you really don't want to do it anymore. you want to be with your family. >> he is hard to shop for. if his family is average they will spend about $750 this year and maybe waste some dough on something he doesn't want or need but he will smile just the same when he opens it. >> reporter: if you didn't make it to the mall by 6:00, there is always 7-leaven and walgreen's. merry christmas chris christmas to everybody. mike sugerman, cbs 5. >>> last minute shoppers not onlied a the maul. we go to the grocery store aisles. >> some elves are picking out last minute gifts. >> i did my shopping. >> l
FOX News
Dec 25, 2012 7:00am PST
wonder what the price of milk is going to look like if we go over the fiscal cliff. not to mention everything else we need. even though the main players are off for christmas, lawmakers are on break, the president in hawaii with his family on vacation there is just a week to go before the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes kick in and right now there doesn't seem to be any movement toward a compromise or a deal. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in honolulu which it any last minute updates. ed, are we right where we were? >> reporter: we pretty much are, jamie, good to see you. the bottom line the markets will be waiting to see how this all plays out over the next few days. they have been relatively stable up to this point. because there was expectation there would be fighting but in the end they would come together on a deal. as you say the clock is finally running out. they're taking a pause for the holidays. the president's aides tell us in private he scaled back from a $4 trillion deficit deal. he wants something smaller in the wake of speaker john boehner's f
FOX
Dec 24, 2012 10:00pm PST
an agreement for the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers say president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were going to go over the cliff before, we're going to go over the cliff now because that's what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who doesn't want to negotiate. >> reporter: that would raise taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. each making a parting pitch. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, prevents unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the presidents solution of raising tax rates would still be ready for as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs. >> the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a financial crisis. >> it's the first time that i feel it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. and that if we allow that to happen it will be the most collosal consequential in a very long time. >> reporter: p
KICU
Dec 24, 2012 11:30pm PST
for the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers say president obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff. >> we were going to go over the cliff before, we're going to go over the cliff now because that's what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who doesn't want to negotiate. >> reporter: that would raise taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. each making a parting pitch. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, prevents unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the presidents solution of raising tax rates would still be ready for as far as the eye can see and it would hurt jobs. >> the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a financial crisis. >> it's the first time that i feel it's more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. and that if we allow that to happen it will be the most collosal consequential in a very long time. >> reporter: president oba
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
season. >> carolyn: also at 6:30 a look behind the fiscal cliff to break them down how much l it will cost you if a deal is not reached in a week. >> both firemen are shot. >> firefighters are ambushed in new york that leads crews in the line of gunfire. local firefighters show their solidarity. stay with us >> dan: investigators are still trying to figure out why a gunman shot four firefighters as they arrived at an early morning house fire. sergio quintana has details on this shooting. we ree action from local firefighters who are obviously stunned. >> reporter: investigators in new york are trying to hammer out the details but the shooter may have sparked the house fire and waited for firefighters to arrive and then started shooting >> what should have been a radio call to coordinate an early morning fire fight is a call for help. four firefighters were targeted by a shooter. two were killed. gunman may have set the fire to lure emergency crews there. >> it does appear that it was a trap that was set for responding for first responders. >> they identified the shooter as 63-year-old
FOX
Dec 25, 2012 4:30am PST
avoid the so called fiscal cliff. >>> pam is on fire right now. we have a lot of traffic to talk about, there is an accident in the south bay. >>> that's right, we have not a lot of details but the saratoga ramp is shut down. in san rafael we have a two car crash head-on with injuries. the impact was so severe the front wheels actually came off one car, all but one lane is closed and there is not a lot of traffic -- and there is a lot of traffic with a lot of debris in the roadway. >> not too many folks on the roadways as you make your way into the city. here is rosemary orozco. >>> giving you a look at storm tracker 2, picking up a few returns, a few sprinkles are falling and we are picking up a few sprinkles in bodega bay. we do have the possibility of a few light scattered showers with mostly cloudy conditions overhead. for some it is not as cold, upper 30s and 40s around the region. this is what i do expect with today's system. about half the amount of rain is sunday's storm and it is not quite as robust in this direction. we will watch this begin to pick up with the front and 24-
CNN
Dec 25, 2012 8:00am PST
fiscal cliff, the huge tax increases, spending cuts that could take effect in one week or so. brianna keeler is watching there in hawaii, joining us with the update. first of all, how is the president, how is the first family spending the holiday? >> presumably right now they are sleeping in, suzanne, because it is still very early here as you know. >> what time is it? >> we are expecting of course they'll have a christmas. let's see. 6:00 in the morning bright and early. we've been at it for a few hours. we expect them to have a nice christmas meal at the house they're renting. the white house chef is here. maybe we'll get details on what they are going to eat. there is nothing on the president's public schedule. he is frequently gone and visiting with troops in the past so we wouldn't be surprised if he did that again today. i will tell you that bo the dog is actually along for the ride here in hawaii and the white house released a video where bo just really kind of steals the show. let's look at a little of that. this is from the first lady going to the national children's medical
KRON
Dec 24, 2012 11:00pm PST
conditions on wednesday afternoon. a dry day for thursday. we talk about the fiscal cliff - but there could also be a 'dairy cliff'. sevening next year, you dollars for a gallon of milk. a stalled farm bill means certain protections for farmers are expiring. a dairy subsidy ends january first. if congress doesn't act before then, the u-s would revert to a 63-year-old dairy policy. it would force the government to buy milk at inflated prices, driving up the cost for everyone. return to index of stories... >> christmas might be a good time to see a new movie. elizabeth corridan has a preview of this week's new releases. >> quentin tarantino's leaslatest project takes people to the deep south with jimmie foxx on a dangerous mission with leonardo to cabriole. this also stars several jackson, and it is rated r. >> les miserables is set in paris with anne hathaway and hugh jackman ...and 21st century kids are left in charge with bette midler and billy crystal. it's the bay area's favorite way to ring in the new year. we'll be bringing you the best parties and fireworks on 'new year's live.'
PBS
Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
quiet today with the president and congress gone for christmas. but the lack of any fiscal cliff talks worried wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost more than 51 points to close at 13,139. the nasdaq fell eight points to close at 3012. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to gwen. >> ifill: in egypt, although one side seems to have clearly won, citizens are still awaiting official results of the country's constitutional referendum. as the sun rose over cairo today, opposition activists vowed to hold their ground against the newly approved constitution. >> what we all need as constitution is express the demands of all egyptians. we are here to say that we need constitution for all of us. >> ifill: sunday leaders of the national salvation front warned the document would give too much way to islamic law and curb the rights of women and the christian minority. >> we are committed to continuing our collective peaceful struggle in order to bring down this constitution through legitimate means as soon as possible. because it's a constitution that is not worthy of
CSPAN
Dec 25, 2012 7:00am EST
. a couple of stories related to the fiscal cliff. from "thew bid frittle bit washington times." this is ron from louisiana. caller: good morning. host: who wish to nominate? -- who would you'll nominate? caller: obama. host: what makes him your hero? caller: we were on a major slide when he came into office. he save the automobile and got osama bin laden. he did everything even though the gop did nothing but filibuster. every proposal he has made. the economy is still growing even though everything that has been put against him. host: are there other heroes you look to beside the president? caller: this year i believe he should be the star for what he has gone up against. he was trying to do a reasonable -- get a compromise and the gop was saying their way or nothing . it is costing the nation. host: thank you very much. this comes from twitter. host: i next call is on the independent line. good morning. caller: the bartender that took the videotape of mr. romney talking about the 47%. he showed an insight into the candidate. host: why is he a hero? caller: he had the courage
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, america's biggest problem is not the debt. the fiscal cliff and other metaphorical geology. the biggest problem in america is family disintegration. family is the primary transmitter of social capital. [applause] 1964, lyndon johnson's labor department, produced a report. there is a crisis in the negro family today because 24% of african-americans children are being born to unmarried parents. 24% in 1964. today, one-third of all american children are born to unmarried mothers. we know what this means. we know the social pathology. we know what that means in terms of neighborhoods and schools. we have no idea what happened. we do not know why in 1950, the out-of-wedlock birth rate was 5%. we have seen family disintegration during war, famine, and pestilence. it has happened in wales, portugal, spain, all over. we do not know why. we do not know what to do about it. i will give an answer that will interest and amuse the previous questioner. when two things coincided in late 18th-century england, a grain surplus, the result was a cheap gin and a social calamity. they passed a few l
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concern about the fiscal cliff. the dow lost 52-points in a shortened holiday session. the nasdaq dropped eight. and the s-and-p was down 3 points. (male announcer): now, here's stanley roberts who found people behaving badly. >> police: ok when its clean we are going to make a right and at the next light we are going to turn right as well. >> every major holiday the california highway patrol puts out a all hands on deck call, it's called maximium enforcement. >> police: at the next driveway we are going to turn right. >> this means there is a maximium amount of officers on the road liiking for violators like this driver who well lets listen to officer wilson >> police: the reason why i stopped you because you weren't weating your seatbelt >> the driver claimed she forgot, for the record i forgot is not really a good excuse . sooooooo >> police: you got cited today for driving with out your seatbelt on go ahead and sign in the red box . it is not as an admission of guilt but it is an acknowledgement your point to take care of this. >> this driver was observed doing something that
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kristen is off today. first up a look at that weather forecast and that rain when it is going to arrive. >>> good morning i'm filling in for mike nicco. let's show you the rain this is a cold front hitting parts of the north bay heavy rain with along ukiah on 101 moving towards healdsburg then windsor and santa rosa later this morning. it is going to hit rest of us by lunchtime when it gets to the golden gate bridge. around the bay around 7:00 cloudy if you need to do anything outdoors now is a good time. by noon chance of rain moving in, heavy rain this afternoon, lunchtime low 50s, breezy as well this afternoon. inland valleys, same, cloudy in the morning the chance of the rain moves in lunch heavy and breezy this afternoon, showers taper tonight into tomorrow and i'll have your seven day forecast in my longer report. >> all right francis may seem francis dinglasan and i'm doing traffic. stay with abc7 news for continuing coverage. storm hitting the the bay area today. you can track that storm with live doppler. delays eastbound 580 foothill there was an accident there blocking one or more lanes traffic was being diverted on to high street. mass transit on holiday schedule, it is christmas day, except ace, no service today. drive times on the major freeways this morning, very few people out there, 680 at altamont 14 minutes on highway 4, hillcrest 242, 18 minute on 80. look out for high winds on the carquinez bridge. >>> breaking news from the south bay right now firefighters are battling a three alarm warehouse fire in campbell. firefighters are responding to the scene it is burning on dell avenue near winchester boulevard. stay with the abc7 morning news we have a crew on the way. we'll bring you an update as soon as we get it. >>> right now christmas day tradition underway in san francisco. volunteers are hard at work to make sure the less fortunate have a warm meal today. kira klapper joins us live from glide memorial church. good morning, merry christmas. >> reporter: good morning, merry christmas to you eric. the annual glide christmas meal is less than an hour away. it will be served 7 a.m., 5,000 meals will be served. volunteers are already here to prepare, listen to this savory mouth-watering selection, ham and eggs, biscuits, oranges, grits and coffee. at 9:00, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables. 5,000 meals, 650 volunteers will be here throughout the day. we spoke to one volunteer, one man who used to be on the receiving end of the generosity of glide. >> i was a street person a long time ago and i want to give back. >> reporter: what does your morning consist of here? >> i am here most seven days a week, different duties, clean-up. also prepping when necessary. on special days like this, it is different. you get ready to help others and do things, kind of keep things going. >> reporter: glide needs volunteers like milton year round not just during the christmas season. glide serves three meals a day 364 days a year, they get new year's day off. players from arizona state are coming in at left:30 to make lunches to serve -- at 11:30 to make lunches. i'm sure it was hard for us to wake up and come in but we are not the only ones at work today these wonderful people are here to make sure those in need will have a very merry christmas. can i throw out i'm having a very merry christmas, because your wife gave us a delicious keach, all of us at abc7 news -- quiche, all of us a at abc7 news. we were also fed, thanks to the thomas family. >> i'll be glad to pass that along. >>> 24 hour strike involving more than 1,000 registered hospitals set< to less than an hour at 7 a.m. this is the 8th walkout by members of the california nurses association against sutter health this year. the union has been in contentious contract negotiations for 18 months. sutter health says the strike was shrewdly calculated to cost extra because they have to pay fill-in nurses for the entire week for one day. >>> we havertpÑ new video showig firefighters putting out flames on a us airways jet late last night at sky harbor international airport in phoenix. fire officials say a small fire erupted in the rear of the plane. crews sprayed theb foam, it is believed that the auxillary power unit which supplies electricity to the plane overheated. no passengers were on the plane. >>> southwest airlines downplaying it, passengers tell us something happened on a flight phoenix to oakland, fire crews and paramedics responded to the airport for a potential hydraulic failure onboard flight 1033. a flight attendant announced they should be grateful for the pilot's skill in landing but didn't say why. no word from southwest. >>> netflix is still down this morning after the video streaming service was mit by a christmas eve outage. the los gatos company apologized in a tweet last night saying i was sorry and engineers are working on it now. a spokesman says the outage stretches across the americas. the company blames amazon's cloud service its web service provider. 6:07. traffic and weather together, next. live look now at doppler 7 hd, you can see a new storm is moving in. it is off the coast. meteorologist francis dinglasan will have your full forecast. we will also check in on the christmas morning traffic. >> also, a christmas celebration for u.s. troops overseas. >>> merry christmas. i'm meteorologist francis dinglasan in for mike nicco. you can see the storm is starting to move towards ukiah. right now heavy rain,duw on 101 moving south towards healdsburg north bay late morning all of us around the bay area bay this afternoon with breezy conditions, temperatures in the 50s. after the heavy rain ends tomorrow we'll see showers continue but dry thursday. eric has a look at traffic now. >>> yes, i do. still problems from an earlier is on -- accident on 580 at foothill, lanes are blocked chp was diverting traffic on to high street. look outside now the toll plaza bay bridge toll, almost nobody there many people home for the christmas holiday. golden gate bridge very light. earlier this morning there were high wind advisories for several or just about all the bay area bridges that high wind advisory has been lifted. happy driving this morning. >>> new video shows nato troops in afghanistan celebrating christmas troops enjoyed a special meal at the bile international airport yesterday. dinner included -- service members from the united states and the czech republic. troops say while they would love to be with their families they believe in the mission and glad to be of service. >>> from california to the east coast, a white countries was across the country. the travel headache expected coast-to-coast as travelers try to navigate through rain, snow and other treacherous conditions. >> another live look at live doppler 7 hd we are continuing to track that storm bearing down on the bay area. we'll check back in with meteorologist francis dinglasan in just a minute. >>> good morning i'm meteorologist francis dinglasan in for mike nicco. we have a good storm heading our way, already hitting ukiah along 101 moving south towards healdsburg and santa rosa. rain will be heavy at times this afternoon and breezy, bringing us a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon it will start to taper off late this evening into tomorrow i'll have timing of when it is expected to hit your neighborhood and how much4 rain you can expect in my next full forecast. >>> that storm hitting northern california could make conditions in the sierra better for skiers and snowboarders. look at how things looked yesterday near lake tahoe. the storm that hit over the weekend brought up to 92 the total is 200 inches putting the resort at 50% of its average snow pack. 100% of the mountain is now open to visitors as of yesterday. >>> despite good news for ers, the incoming northern california storm could make travel difficult at sfo. add snow, rain and tornadoes j mideast -- middle west and east coast and travel could come to a halt across the country. t.j. winick live from new york to explain. >> reporter: merry christmas. no matter what form this bad weather takes travel today could be dangerous. a white christmas in philadelphia lasted a few hours before snow turned to rain. there are strong storms in the middle of the country, heavy snow in oklahoma which will move into the ohio valley where blizzard warnings are posted. it hasn't been easy for travelers. >> we are hoping with we don't sit on the runway we did that last time. >> reporter: a huge storm caused hundreds of delays and cancelled flights in and out of san francisco, putting a wrench in plans. >> after i found out my flight had been cancelled after four hours of waiting in the airport i had to wait in another three hour customer service line which i didn't get to the end of before the booth closed. >> reporter: on the roads the high winds and severe conditions in the sierras made driving nearly impossible. >> it is the most people traveling for the holiday in six years. any bad weather we might be seeing in the coming days could result00 in serious disruptions. >> reporter: expect disruptions tomorrow the day after christmas one of the busiest travel days of the year. expect major airport delays today from boston to seattle. the storms didn't appear to slow the star of the show. >> merry christmas. have a good flight. >> reporter: severe weather is also a threat in alabama, mississippi and louisiana today with rare december tornadoes a possibility. live in new york, t.j. winick, abc news. >>> might be quicker to get if place to place on santa's sleigh. meteorologist francis dinglasan is here, glad to have you. >>> busy radar live shot first of the bay area and you can see we've got clear conditions at the surface level but we have a lot of cloud cover the clouds are moving in. with live doppler you can see the rain headed.iasp through pas of northern california. the heavier rain which you can see by yellow and red is hitting right now 101 along you south towards healdsburg going to move south throughout the day. in the north day -- northern california rain from crescent city towards healdsburg. look out for the wet conditions this afternoon if you have to do anything outdoors, do it now. current temperatures in the 40s, 42 san rafael, 46 san francisco. cool in fairfield 39°. today it is going to be rainy and breezy, mainly through the afternoon with gusts reaching up to 30, 40 miles an hour. showers continue tomorrow, then it does look dry and coolj thursday in fact, we might have a longer chance to dry out starting thursday. here's a look at satellite radar system this is a big storm, southern end of it, the rain expected to move in late morning through the north bay. forecast model shows you how it is all going to play out. 10:00, most of us still fairly safe in terms of dry conditions. 2:00 afternoon you see the heavier rain yellow the cold front moving through as it heads to the south bay and monterey bay turning into showers. tomorrow night looks like it should be fairly quiet into thursday the showers will continue tomorrow. by the end of this look for rain totals to be up to 1.2 inches along the coast peninsula up to 1.2 inches as bay. rainy for christmas, starting this afternoon, possible thunderstorm, showers tomorrow then cloudy thursday and slight chance on saturday mainly looking sunny through monday. >> notli:u that i'm feeling pressure to do traffic right with you looking over my shoulder, but here we go. fender-bender on 880 at whipple causing delays moved to the right. slow traffic due to earlier accident eastbound 580 at macarthur in oakland, chp was diverting traffic to high street. let's take a look at 101 south into san francisco, very few headlights coming this way, it is christmas day many have the day off, if you don't beware of the problems on 880 and 580. our storm watch coverage continues next. close eye utility crews are keeping on a 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4,000. if you can whole off until thursday that will be a better time to go to and from tahoe. >>> let's take a look at what is trending on twitter in the bay area: it is christmas-related. merry christmas, hash tag blessed and saviour all trending. follow us on twitter. >>> new this morning, if a white christmas isn't your thing, head downunder, beachgoers enjoying a sunny christmas morning. the water was choppy this morning and some visitors could be found in their swimwear and santa hats. >> following days of rumors and vague answers, actor ben affleck says he will not run for u.s. senate for massachusetts. affleck made it official on facebook yesterday. speculation had been building that he might run for senator kerry's seat. president obama has nominated kerry to be secretary of state. affleck says he's happy being involved from outside the government and plans on continuing his work campaigning for aid to the eastern congo. >>> getting blown up by seattle was bad enough. now espn is reporting that manningham will be out for the rest of the season, injured while being tackled on this play in the 3rd quarter he tore ligaments in his left knee. he made that spectacular catch in last season's super bowl was second on the time in receptions with 42. >> raiders have their own problems. palmer is done for the year after suffering cracked ribs and bruised lung against carolina. palmer go hurt late in the 1st quarter, gets crushed by hardy who got flagged on the phraeufp the coach has not decided who will start sunday in san diego. >> >> 6:26. back on the storm watch, peninsula creek utility crews keeping a close eye on this morning after weekend flooding. >>> bay area air quality officials sounded alarm on woodburning ban. >> reporter: we are 30 minutes from the big annual christmas feast at glide memorial. i'm kira klapper live in san francisco i'll introduce you to the important volunteers who make it happen, after the break. >>> as we head toward this commercial break, live look at the bay bridge toll, traffic is christmas daylight and moving right along. more news, weather and traffic, straight ahead on the abc7 morning news. . >>> it is christmas day 2012, thank you for starting your day with us. live look from emeryville towards san francisco, lights are up, beautiful fuchsia glow on the bay waters from the lights gorgeous morning. i'm eric thomas, kristen sze is off today. first up, if you have been dreaming of a wet christmas, you are going to get your wish. here's francis dinglasan. >>> unfortunately our dry break comes to an end this afternoon for most of us. live look at doppler 7 hd the front is starting to hit healdsburg now along 101 going to move south into the afternoon hours getting most of us wet. also picking up returns around the bay area, right now it is virga so the rain isn't reaching the ground just a lot of moisture in the air you will feel the rain this afternoon heavy rain now through healdsburg, windsor, santa rosa later on this morning even. around the bay look for cloudy start, lunchtime we get the chance of rain heavy rain this afternoon into this evening tapering off tomorrow. inland valleys same thing, chance of rain starts in noontime then sticks around the coast you are going to get rain earlier. >>> a look at traffic. still slow traffic on eastbound 580 near macarthur boulevard, you see that on the map. debris on the road or was from earlier accident. we'll tell you when that is cleared. still causing delays. holiday mass transit schedule, everybody is on a holiday schedule except ace train, closed. here's bay area drive times on 580, 680 altamont pass takes 15 minutes on highway 4 hillcrest at 242, 18 minutes on 80 carquinez bridge to the maze, 21 minutes you will have a lot of company on the road with you -- you don't have a lot of company on the road with you this morning. >>> firefighters are battling a three alarm warehouse fire in campbell, it is burning on dell avenue near winchester boulevard. stay with the abc7 morning news we have a crew on the way. >>> happening now, christmas day tradition underway in san francisco. volunteers hard at work to make sure less fortunate have a warm meal today. kira klapper is live at glide memorial church. >> reporter: merry christmas, good morning. we are just 30 minutes away interest the annual christmas break fast here at glide. you can see these wonderful souls, look at these volunteers up early on their christmas morning here to give time to make sure those in need get a very merry christmas. it will be a 5,000 meal day here. they are expecting to serve 5,000 meals, ham, eggs, biscuits, oranges, grits and coffee. then later on lunch will be served, 650 volunteers will make it happen. players from arizona state are coming in to make bagged lunches to serve later tonight and tomorrow. volunteering is imperative here at glide. it is an opportunity for these people to give back. to those who give their time, they say they get so much out of it in return. >> just a great day. because it is the end of the season it is like a lot of love and fun. it is probably like the best day in the holiday season to work. >> reporter: they need volunteers year round. you can go to their website glide.org you can even donate money or click on their schedule to come in and volunteer. glide serves 364 days a year, three meals. they need people year round the only day off they give themselves is new year's day. it will be a very merry christmas and will continue for the next six days. kira klapper, abc7 news. >>> 6:34. thousands of bay area children not expecting anything for christmas will get a special surprise this morning. lefty o'doul's in san francisco collected 6,000 toys in a last minute toy drive. they took donations up until 2:00 this morning. the goal was 15,000 toys. right now volunteers are sorting out the toys and san francisco firefighters and police officers will fan out throughout the city today to make this special -- make the special deliveries. >>> vallejo man fighting for his life after it was hit in the crosswalk during a street race the crash happened at broadway and hogan avenue next to highway 37 last night the driver who ran him down, took . police believe the victim was knocked 50 feet by either within or two vehicles that were drag -- one or two vehicles that were drag racing. police say cars are known to speed up and down this broadway street. >> something our traffic unit has been aware of as well as our uniformed officers who attempt to come out whenever possible. when we do traffic enforcement or dui enforcement is an area we've always focused on. >> police are paying a lot of attention to what may have been serial numbers on a few car parts left behind. the victim was listed in grave condition at a local hospital. >>> back to our storm watch coverage. another storm is hitting the bay area this christmas day. utility crews in east palo alto spending christmas watching a leaky levee on a customer of san francisquito creek sunday night?zay the -- several hopes had to be evacuated. con -- several homes had to be evacuated. construction will begin next year. >>> authoritys in nevada county has not identified a snowboarder killed in anafter yesterday morning before noon deputies were alerted a snowboarder had not returned from a run. search-and-rescue crews bombed the area. >> his friend the other friends in our group were looking for him but they didn't find him he was at the bottom of the cliff. >> was found under up to three feet of snow 50-year-old man from the truckee area. >> member of alpine ski patrol in critical condition after being caught in an avalanche yesterday morning. another member of the patrol detonated a charge. tell members dug the patroller out within eight -- team members dug the patroller out of the snow within eight minutes. >>> there is spare the air alert in effect this morning. the bay area air quality management district was asking people not to burn wood yesterday because it didn't want pollution to build up following recent weekend rain. management officials warned build-up could have led to a spare the air alert today, but there is no spare the air alert. >>> traffic and weather together, next. live look at traffic maybe i should say live look at the golden gate bridge without traffic. meteorologist francis dinglasan will have your wet christmas day forecast. we'll check the traffic elsewhere this morning. >> thousands make their way to vatican city for christmas day. pope's message to the faithful. >>> we come back -- welcome back and merry christmas. we have a strong cold front heading our way you can see it the areas of yellow the last three hours that's where we are going to see heavy rain move through it is going to slide down into the bay area by lunch time. currently, it is hitting 101, healdsburg through clear lake now. this heavy rain will end tomorrow turn into showers then we have partly cloudy conditions on thursday and dry again we'll need that friday. eric has traffic. >> i do. thank you. how am i doing? >> you're great! >> thank you very much. i-80 through berkeley, this time of morning this would be packed but it is christmas morning so traffic is very light and moving along. toll plaza bay bridge, christmas morning light. of course many having the day off today. a live look in the south bay, san jose highway 87, traffic almost nonexistent out there. if you do have to drive, should see smooth sailing except for a couple spots. 6:41. >> pope benedict xvi used his christmas message to the world today to say people should never lose hope for peace. the pope delivered his message morning and to millions watching. during his sermon the pope decried what he calls the slaughter of the defenseless in syria and urged israel list and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate. he encouraged arab spring nations, especially egypt to build just and respectful societies. >>> in san francisco worshippers gathered at grace cathedral for a light night service at 11:00 one of the most popular christmas eve masses in the bay area. the choir performed, grace cathedral will hold another service today at 11 a.m.. >>> christmas day visitors for former south african president nelson mandela, as he remains hospitalized. >>> do you have a new ipad under the tree? it may be out-of-date. we'll explain. >>> merry christmas. rain is on its way. see it with live doppler 7 hd. areas with yellow and orange show strong cold front pushing through. currently along 101 past south ukiah heading towards healdsburg rain in the north bay late this morning. this also means snow in the sierra. there's a winter weather advisory starting this afternoon at 4:00, continuing until 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. lots of snow up there, chain controls, try avoid travelingc#6 during that time. full weather forecast, coming up. >>> we have news now. 6:45. today marks five years since that deadly tiger attack at the san francisco zoo. tatiana, a 320 pound siberian killed one person and mauled two others in 2007 after escaping from grotto. she was shot dead by police officers. i was never proved investigators believe she was provoked killing 17-year-old. >> christmas day i have a mass in honor of him at church too. >> he tells abc7 news he finds some solace saying something positive did cop out of the tragedy the zoo has raised the walls 10 1/2 feet higher after an investigation found they were lower than federal safety recommendations. >>> charles dur ining has died. he died yesterday in his home in manhattan he was 89-years-old. durning may be best known as a corrupt governor in the 1982 best whorehouse in texas. private service planned at arlington national cemetery. >>> former president george h work bush is spending christmas day in the -- george -- >>> former south african president mandela also in the hospital this christmas morning. the 94-year-old has received round-the-clock care since an acute respiratory infection in 2011. he was hospitalized for a lung infection december 8th. the south african government said his family visited him in the hospital today. >>> one week until the country goes over the so-called fiscal cliff. now some conservative leaders are coming forward to say they believe the president wants the country to go over. >> does the president wants to take us over the cliff? i think he does. he needs an execution for the next four years of failure, blaming it on bush doesn't work much. regulations and spending he has put on -- he has put on the economy for the next four years going to put us in recession, regardless of the fiscal cliff. >> glover for questions made the comments yesterday on cnn if a -- grover norquist made the comments yesterday on cnn. >>> new this morning, 7-eleven trying to get healthier. the chain is in the process of introducing more nutritious items. that includes yogurt parfaits and lean turkey sandwiches. 7-eleven wants 20% sales to come from fresh foods byb7ñ the end of 2015. also retooling old favorites. jelly doughnuts sold in miniature versions. >>> that ipad under your tree may already be out-of-date. a japanese tech blog reports a new version of the popular tablet will hit stores in march, the blog says the new ipad will be thinner and lighter than the last, possibly as thin as the ipad mini. >> here's bloomberg reporter deborah costra. >>> good morning. merry christmas if you want to keep holidays merry and avoid unexpected medical bills remove all medications from cabinets into a secure area to protect loved ones who might be visiting, they can be taken by mistake or worse. more than half of the people addicted to prescription drugs got them from family and families and unfortunately, for free. meantime, ups taking a break after the holidays, more consumers shop online they will probably have to return or exchange unwanted gifts, ups expects to transport more than two million packages back to retailers during the first week of january next year. january 3rd, national return day. investors remain skeptical that congress and president obama can reach agreement on the budget. that sent stocks lower and the markets are closed today for christmas holiday. if you are still undecided about what to do for new years hotwire out with most popular destinations orlando number one, many of the theme parks have celebrations. chicago and las vegasyq,Ñ new york made top five as did miami. at the new york stock exchange, i'm deborah costra with the bloomberg business report. >>> i'm sure san francisco is on that list. if you are coming here bring your umbrella today. >>> first we'll start off with a beautiful live shot from the embarcadero looking out towards the bay bridge. right now we have cloudy conditions all around the bay area. we'll also go to live doppler, we are picking up returns around the bay and south bay, but there's a lot of moisture in the air, not hitting the ground this is called virga, where we see rain now, the areas of yellow that's the cold front moving through hitting the coast right now and 10 waup along healdsburg, it is going to spread south into the bay area hitting most of us this afternoon, heavy at times even breezy. right now mainly 40s with exception of fairfield and livermore at 39°. 40 concord, cool start, 43 mountain view as well. going to be rainy and breezy today, even a chance of a thunderstorm later on. showers tomorrow, rain will start to taper in the north bay tonight tomorrow as well. dry and cool thursday. looks like we can give our umbrellas a break starting thursday, possibly into this weekend. i want to show you the forecast model, 10:00, if you have to do anything outdoors, you should be safe by 10:00, then it starts to hit santa rosa, and you see the strong cold front, going to move through by lunchtime, the south bay should be okay all of us should start to see light rain falling through, heaviest rain as the front moves through into the afternoon and then evening, that's when the rain will spread towards monterey bay as well. tomorrow we'll see lingering showers in the morning starts to taper into the afternoon, by evening it should be over, thursday is looking dry. when this is all over we expect up to 1.2 inches if in the north bay higher elevations and -- santa cruz mountains from 4/10 of an inch to half an inch for the most part. highs today in the 50s 53 san francisco, mid 50s there. we've two a wet and windy one today, showers tomorrow, dry thursday, mainly dry into the new year let's hope. >>> there were earlier problems stemming from an accident on eastbound 580 at macarthur, still problems there expect delays. mass transit around the bay area today, everybody is on a holiday schedule except ace which is not running today. as we look in the north bay at traffic 101 san rafael, terra linda area few headlights southbound into san francisco very light christmas day traffic. >> ahead, five things to know before you go. we are back in 60 seconds. >>> 6:54. five things to know before you go: number one, breaking news out of the south bay, fire crews on the scene of a warehouse fire in campbell. this is a live look near dell and winchester boulevard. the fire is said to be under control. a chief says crews are moving inside the building to take a closer look at damage. >> number two, minutes from the annual christmas day feast at glide memorial church in san francisco. volunteers are hard at work to make sure the less fortunate have a warm meal today. glide is planning to serve 5,000 meals starting at 7:00 this morning. >> number three, pope benedict xvi delivered his christmas message this morning to 50,000 gathered at st. peters square. he spread a hopeful message calling for peace in of the world's hot spots. he also delivered holiday greatings in 65 languages. >> number four, utility crews in east palo alto spending christmas watching a leaking levee. the levee is on a curve of san francisquito creek, seven homes were evacuated when the creek overflowed construction on new levees begins next year. á,md light that wood fire for christmas, there are no spare the air alerts today. yesterday bay area air quality managers asked people to voluntarily avoid wood fires to prevent build-up of air pollution. it worked. >>> final check on the weather. going to be rain today. >> rainy and windy especially this afternoon. here's live doppler 7 hd, strong cold front starting to sweep south. already hitting parts of the north bay went through 101 through burg through -- through healdsburg, bodega bay, temperatures in the 50s today, showers tomorrow, drier thursday. >>> a look at traffic quickly on this christmas morning. bay bridge toll what happened everybody, nobody there. golden gate bridge is light as well. merry christmas everyone. the abc7 morning news continues in+h 25 minutes with news, weather and traffic during "good morning america." my christmas gift was to be again paired with francis dinglasan. breaking news out of the south way crews on the scene of a warehouse fire in campbell now under control. firefighters are in the building at dell and winchester. more >> mer >>> good morning, america. and merry christmas. this morning, as you gather with your family around the tree, opening up the presents, celebrate with us, all that is special about today. and we're going to show you just how to make all those toys and gadgets work, so you can actually play with them right now. >>> and we have a special treat this morning. mario batali is here, joining in on our merriment. he will show us how to make a tasty christmas breakfast. and we're all going to be put to the test with the ultimate gingerbread house competition. who will build the sweetest house of all? we will find out. >>> and a universe-wide
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markets closed at 10:00 a.m. worries over the fiscal cliff pushed stocks lower. dow off 51 points. nasdaq lost 8. s&p down three. >>> what might happen next year if congress doesn't avoid the fiscal cliff. a person earning 50-$75,000 a year would see a hike of $2,400. >>> gas prices in the bay area and around california are still dropping. that is according to aaa. the trend will continue into the new year. the average price of a gallon is $3.60-in san francisco. san jose $3.49. oakland $3.48. california is reflecting a national trend as demand is low and supplies are high. >>> back to the developing news we showed you earlier. an apparent head on collision had forced police to shut down highway 84. that has now been reopened but as a result of that closure you can see the traffic backup. this is highway 84 in the livermore area. westbound lanes, severe back up. no word about the injuries, what the conditions are of the people involved in the accident but we are continuing to work the phones and get more details. you can see from our picture here, the incredible traffic back up. i
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chance story. ken was paroled and spend the last two decades waiting for today, a pardon from the governor, years after he first asked. the state who locked him up officially forgave him for his crimes. >> to finally have some closure to a long story that, you know, i did something dumb when i was younger. >> reporter: today, ken is older, wiser and engaged. he volunteers as area schools and competes in bodybuilding events with his fiance. >> he set such an excellent role model for me and i love him for that. >> reporter: both are celebrating the christmas pardon, a priceless acknowledgment, not of the man he was, but the one he's become. >> it's not the end of continuing to do what's right and to give back. and to continue to try to live your life, you know, in a positive manner. >> reporter: ken didn't know about the pardon until we called him today to ask about doing a story. the governor's office said they will notify the 79 who were pardoned in the next week or so. >>> we reached one of the former inmates paroled right here in the bay area. he had not heard the news yet. he said he was grateful to hear the news on christmas eve and looks forward to spending the evening with his family. >>> it may be christmas eve but the fiscal cliff is not far from the minds of lawmakers. the president and congress left washington on friday for the holidays with a promise to return later this week. there is only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going to be able to see them, not for my wife's birthday or my daughter for christmas. >> reporter: the passport agency was supposed to be open today, but in a last-minute decision on friday, the president declared christmas eve a federal hold. federal workers had complained that he should show some holiday cheer since they had not had a salary increase since 2009. >> do you expect someone to come out here now? >> no. i respect that the president wants to give people a vacation. i just wish they would plan it a little bit. >> reporter: for jeffrey, it's not just an inconvenience. he was hoping to see his mother- in-law in germany before her open heart surgery. most gave up. but for a handful of people who had a life-or-death situation, they were able to get a new passport. >> you can see it. there it is. >> reporter: there are three passport agencies in california and our understanding is that only in san francisco did the few people get their pass ports today. the reason for that is that the duties of chose to come in on christmas eve. he drove in from napa to san francisco and he says he did it to help a few people out. in the newsroom, grace lee, cbs 5. >>> tonight some people are feeling the pain of procrastination. last-minute shoppers are searching for bargains but finding the shelves bare. christin ayers on the million reasons why they waited. >> reporter: twas the night before christmas and all through the door, a slew of last-minute shoppers with excuses galore. >> this year just kind of snuck up on me. >> reporter: the customers were fighting over toys in the aisle. shelves bare and picked over to the chagrin of this child. >> there's nothing in here. everything is gone! like the my little ponies, they aren't even around. >> reporter: the registers rang. a santa sang. but at the stroke of 10, it all came to an end. shops closed, leaving only one place to spend. because it's christmas eve and you know what that means. the only store open now is your local walgreens. >> christmas eve is by far the busiest day of the year for us. >> reporter: 4,000 procrastinators will come through here, and leave vowing to do better next year. reporting but not live, christin ayers, cbs 5. >>> a developing story right now for netflix users, the popular video streaming service is suffering a major outage. the company tweeted an apology, saying the problem is being caused by amazon's web services. a spokesman told the wall street journal the outage stretched, quote, across the americas. >>> saying farewell to a beloved american actor. how holiday is remembering the career of jack klugman. >>> a terrible christmas for another community dealing with a deadly shooting. the ambush attack on volunteer firefighters and what we're learning about the gunman. >>> and the ,, [ singing christmas carols in background ] aunt sally's singing again. it's a tradition, honey. 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[ male announcer ] more ways to love mcnuggets. w him as as >>> some of us knew him as oscar madison, one half of the odd couple. others knew him as quincy. today we learned jack klugman died in los angeles. he won who emmies as the messy sports writer who drove felix crazy. but his stage film and television career spanned more than five decades. he passed away at his home with his wife at his side. jack klugman was 90 years old. >>> they were only doing their jobs. answering the call for help, when a team of firefighters suddenly needed help themselves. cbs reporter on the hail of gunfire that greeted them. >> reporter: firefighters rushed to this early morning fire near rochester, new york, and were met by bullets. police say william spengler started the fire so he could lure first responders to the scene and shoot them. >> we're being shot at. multiple shots. i am shot. >> reporter: two volunteer firefighters were killed. two more were injured. because crews had to take cover, they couldn't fight the fire. it burned out of control, destroying seven homes. a swat team was called in. police say soon after, the gunman took his own life, ending the standoff. news of the deadly attack spread quickly through webster. 19-year-old tomasz kaczowka was a college student and a 911 dispatcher. michael chiapperini was named firefighter of the year just two weeks ago. webster's police chief became emotional while announcing the deaths. >> michael chiapperini, with the police department... >> reporter: both men volunteered at this firehouse. crews set up this memorial of flowers and candles to honor the victims. at the vigil, community members came together to console each other and remember the men killed. >> at this time of year too, our men are hurt, and they're not going to be home with their families now. >> reporter: spengler had killed before. he spent 17 years in jail for beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980. but authorities don't know why he decided to kill this time. >> police are searching for spengler's service. she was last seen at the home the two of them shared. >>> another community still reeling from tragedy, feeling overwhelming love and support from around the world. cards, letters and money pour into newtown, connecticut, where 26 people died in a school shooting ten days ago. also arriving by the truckload, toys. more than 60,000, filling an entire gymnasium and turning it into a make shift toy store. every child in the community was invited to come in and take one home. >>> checking bay area headlines, a traffic tragedy. a 90-year-old san jose woman was killed this afternoon when her toyota was hit by a second car. this was at silver creek valley road. it's not clear how the accident happened. the driver of the second car was taken to the hospital. investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a role. >>> thousands of bay area nurses walked off the job again today. this 24-hour strike is the latest in a series of short- term strikes by the california nurses association over wages and benefits. it impacted seven bay area sutter hospitals as well as two hospitals in san jose operated by hospital corporation of america. all facilities brought in replacement workers. >>> and some good news for an east bay city. richmond's homicide rate is down and the city is no longer on the most dangerous list. this year, 18 people were killed. but three years ago, that number was 45. in fact, this year's is the lowest homicide rate richmond has seen since 2001. >>> now a very special christmas holiday forecast from bryan. >> twaz the night before christmas and all through the bay, the rains had retreated, at least for the day. the storms that were on the coast all week long, now have retreated off oregon, where they belong. and in the midwest with bitter winds blowing, where you're shoveling, plowing, raining, snowing. we watched how you struggled to simply survive. it was freezing here too. about 55. all that bad weather made everyone wait. but tonight there's few clouds and therefore no rain. there's something on radar that's hard to explain. it left from the poles and its traveling the globe. and it looks like the jolly old red elf of old. while children can nestle all snug in their beds, if we blow this forecast, we're better off dead. more rain on the way and no way to change it. can santa deliver the goods? don't you worry. looks like it's going to be another successful journey. rudolph is on hand to guide him. on christmas day, more rain will be here. that's why you see santa calls them reindeer. in the mountains tomorrow, there will be snow mixed with rain. so carry some chains. tomorrow it's wet with highs in the 50's. wednesday as well will not quite be nifty. but thursday, my friends, the sun is among us. that's good news for us but bad news for fungus. can you hear him exclaim as he starts out his drive? merry christmas to all and please watch channel 5! merry christmas, everybody. we'll be back in a min,,,, it's time to change the way we clean. it's time to free ourselves from the smell and harshness of bleach. and free ourselves from worrying about the ones we love. new lysol power & free has more cleaning power than bleach. how? the secret is the hydrogen peroxide formula. it attacks tough stains and kills 99.9% of germs. new lysol power & free. powerful cleaning that's family friendly. another step forward in our mission for health. >>> still no sign tonight of a man who jumped off a bridge trying to flee police. 24-year-old anthony donaldson of san rafael ran from a dui checkpoint and was later spotted in the corte madera creek, near the college of marin. police say they tried to coax him out but he swam away. officers eventually lost sight of him. >> is your brother a swimmer? >> no. my brother has asthma. he was wearing a lot of clothes and shoes. not a good sign. >> police finally called off the search this morning. >>> a more successful rescue overnight near livermore. a man's pickup truck drifted into a creek, and he was stranded on top of his truck for hours. he was plucked to safety by helicopter and treated at a hospital for hypothermia. >>> a similar rescue in los angeles. rising water stranded a man on an island where he was trapped for hours. glendale firefighters came to the rescue just before dawn. a swift-water rescue boat assisted. they were able to get the man aboard a raft and pull it back to shore. the man went to the hospital with symptoms of hypothermia but is expected to recover. >>> pope benedict delivered christmas eve mass a few hours ago. the pope asked everyone to remember the essence of christmas rather than what he called the commercial celebration. a few hours before mass, he hit a christmas peace candle and put it on the windowsill. >>> queen elizabeth is trying something a little less traditional. her highness delivered her holiday wishes in 3d. rumor has it she did not return the 3d glasses. >>> ahead, a christmas eve top 5 reel for the ages. and the injury bug bit ,,,,,,,,, mario manningham. >>> 49ers have been hit by the injury bug at the worst time. looks like the 2012 season is over for wide receiver mario manningham as a result of this play last night. manningham reportedly is out for the season after an mri today revealed a torn acl and pcl in his left knee. that will mean more reps for randy moss, and a.j. jenkins. look at the grass, okay? both vernon davis and this guy have concussions. today, at jim harbaugh's eight- minute press conference, this is all the information we got. >> he's got an issue that he's working through. >> will his injury further complicate that position? >> he's being evaluated. >> do you expect vernon to play? >> we'll see. i mean, the doctors will make that evaluation. >>> radars quarterback carson palmer's season is over. yesterday he suffered a bruised lung on this hit. either terrell or matt will start sunday. >>> no. 5, watch this guy kick the puck to himself and then score. they lead toronto pass the san francisco bulls. no. 4, adams, nice catch for fresno state. i'm just trying to figure out, how in the world did they come down with it? smu won the game. no. 3, the poor field judge flipped over by colts' mike tepper. ouch! no. 2, sam, he gave this cardinal fan a christmas gift. his glove. the kid is stoked! merry christmas. and no. 1, the colts are in the play- offs. but the bigger store is their head coach chuck pagano beat leukemia and is now back with the team. >> it's really great to be back, like a kid in a contained store -- in a candy store. i get to come around and be around the guys again. i get to do what i love to do. >> he was hired as coach in january this year and got diagnosed with leukemia before the season. he's been out a whole year, and now he's back. ,,,,,,,,,, from a neighborhood in san carlos >>> well, david letterman is next. but first, we have a little treat. >> we do. because we know you're wrapping presents. we have some of the christmas lights from one of our favorite neighborhoods in san carlos. merry christmas! enjoy tomorrow! ,,,,,, welcome se my lcret d you are?air.an your worst nightmare mr. box. since you foolishly brought back your bonus jack! i have copied your two pure beef patties, lettuce, melting cheese, pickles, and middle bun, plus fries and a drink for $4.49. and now you will tell me what is in your secret sauce!! uh, i think i know. 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the u.s. currency hits a 20-month high against the yen. investors are keeping a keen eye on how far the dollar will go against the yen. the u.s. currency reached the upper 84-yen level in new york for the first time in 20 months. the dollar hit 84.95 yen at one stage on monday in new york. investors bought the dollar against the yen after liberal democratic party leader shinzo abe said his new government may reach an agreement with japan's central bank on an inflation target. there is speculation the central bank may come under further pressure for monetary easing measures. the dollar/yen is currently trading at 84.82 to 85. >> catherine, the incoming leader abe has even mentioned revising the bank of japan law which adds more pressure onto the central bank of japan. now, a bit of background, the boj decided last week to extend its asset purchase program by 10 trillion yen, but many investors think the bank needs to do more, still. let's go to ramin mellegard who is at the tokyo stock exchange to get a check on how all of this is affecting tokyo markets. ramin, good morning. >> good morning to you. markets really keeping a close eye on the weaker yen here, and if it's going to weaken further, in fact, and really that's been leading to the gains in stocks that we've been seeing. i also need to keep an eye on the developments of the u.s. fiscal cliff and whether that's going to be resolved or not in the coming days. let's have a look at the opening levels for december 25. 10,000. we're back above that level today, 10r,097. for the nikkei, 10,098. with large volume, i may add coming from both domestic and foreign importers. also sectors who may benefit from the more expansive monetary policy measures that may be forthcoming such as banks and real estate sectors, too, so we'll follow those as well today. however, we should expect to see in trading a lot of key indexes across asia will be closed today, the hang sang as well as singapore and australian inde s indexes. but let's have a look at currency that's really been the main topic of conversation in the markets. dollar/yen, 84.83 to 85, top of the screen there, and the you e euro/yen, 111.78 to 85. a lot of investors are convinced that the latest weakening of the yen is not just a short-term correction but more of a long-term one there as even shinzo abe has been targeting a level of around 90 yen. now, with the u.s. markets closed for public holiday, there may be a little bit of thin trading today. there will be key housing data later this week which may indicate market direction. but for now we're back up above that 10,000 level on the nikkei. back to you. >> ramin, now up 1.8% in the nikkei. thank you for that update. >>> despite the increasing popularity of smartphones, japanese phone makers are expected to face another tough year. the japan electronics and information technology industries association said that worldwide production of mobile phones will rise 12% next year to $245 billion. that's as an increasing number of people switch to smartphones from regular mobile phones. but production by japanese makers, that will grow only by 1% to $17 billion. their share in the global market is expected to decline to 7% from the current 8%. japanese makers have been struggling to make inroads to the global market where apple and south korea's samsung remains strong. >>> the japanese are making use of the digital technologies to tap into the skin care market. fuji 2 uses a smartphone to analyze the condition of a person's skin. users place a sheet called a color reference chart alongside their face and take photos with smartphones that have special software inside. it compares the skin with their chart. it rates the user's skin condition. they say the data are uploaded and stored to help users and cosmetics companies to choose suitable skin care products and treatments. meanwhile, sony has utilized its digital processing technology to develop a system that displays how much melanin a user's skin contains. users can check the condition of their skin just by pressing a simple device against their faces. sony says it enables users to know the extent of blemishes they're likely to have in the future. electronics makers are developing new technologies for the beauty and health care markets to make up for the falling sales of televisions and other home appliances. >>> let's now get a check on the global economic calendar for this week. it is a slow week during the seasonal holidays. on wednesday, the standard and poor's case-shiller index will be released. the u.s. home market is on a recovery track. on friday, japan's jobless rate for november will come out. the rate stood at 12.2% for october which is unchanged from the previous month. friday is the last trading day of the year for the tokyo stock exchange. a special guest will ring a bell to close the market for 2012. this year saudi yoshida will do the honors. she won a gold medal in the olympic games in women's wrestling. i'll have more business news for you in the next hour. here's a recap of markets. >>> a gunman has ambushed four firefighters in the u.s. state of new york. the attack left three people dead, including the alleged shooter. police say the firefighters responded to a house fire around 6:00 a.m. local time in the northwestern town of webster. they say a 62-year-old gunman exchanged fire with police officers. the gunman was found dead five hours later. police say he committed suicide. they believe the man set fire to his house and car to lure the firefighters. he then ambushed them. the alleged attacker spent nearly 18 years in prison for murdering his grandmother. he was banned from possessing guns. the shooting forced the crew to slow the attempt to fight the blaze. the fire spread to 7 nearby houses, burning them to the ground. >>> a shooting rampage earlier the same day at a bar in a seattle suburb left one customer dead and another wounded. u.s. president barack obama has set a january deadline for proposals to deal with the gun violence. the u.s. has seen several shooting rampages this year, including the newtown school shooting which left 26 people dead. >>> international peace envoy brahimi sat down with talks with syria's president bashar assad. they tried to reach a conclusion on the syrian war, but there is no indication they reached a breakthrough. they met in the capital damascus. they discussed the crisis and moving forward. they planned to set up an administration with government and anti-government forces. he plans to pull power from the assad administration to a new government. but the opposition wants to overthrow the assad administration and the government regards the opposition as terrorist. >>> two insider attacks in afghanistan have rattled the international security forces. an afghan policewoman shot and killed a u.s. contractor in the capital kabul. the victim was a security consultant for the police. other officers detained the woman at the scene. her motive is unknown. another afghan police officer opened fire at a checkpoint in the northern province of jasjon. he killed five colleagues and fled the site. police believe he was a member of the taliban. afghan soldiers and police officers have killed more than 50 members of the international forces this year. the taliban has not claimed responsibility for the kabul shooting, but the group claims to have placed members in the military and police force to launch insider attacks. >>> japan's air self-defense force scrambled fighter jets after a chinese aircraft came close to japanese air space. the aircraft was flying near the sunkoku islands in the south china sea. the defense ministry says the asdf spotted a wide 12 propellor aircraft on its radar. the plane was approaching from the north. it released f-15 fighter jets from the chinese prefecture. it flew within 120 kilometres of the islands but left without raiding japanese air space. the afdf dispatched fighters in response. a wide 12 aircraft also approached the islands last saturday but left without violating japan's air space. >>> a chinese think tank says it can't rule out the possibility of clashes breaking out between japan and china over territorial disputes. the government-affiliated chinese academy of social sciences released its assessment of the analyst situation in a report on monday. referring to the budget in japan, they reported china-japan is in the worst state. it adds that tensions could be eased through diplomatic channels. china has repeatedly sent ships into japanese waters around the sonkuku, apparently to jeopardi jeopardize japan and to recognize that opposition exists. china says japan's stubborn position could push it further. china-japan relations, as well as northeast asia's security instability will face difficult challenges. analysts said the report is thought to be aimed at thwarting further moves of the president to be inaugerated this week. >>> park began picking her team of aides and advisers. lawmaker yohuhu is her chief of staff. the 67-year-old yu is an ally of pug. he is known as an expert in economic policy. park says pug will play a strong role at shaping foreign policy. she also named yun as her spokesperson. yun is vice president of the newspaper and television association. he studied at tokyo's ko university. puck is said to set up her administration this week. >>> russian president vladimir putin spends christmas eve in india, and he sees the chance to sign billions of dollars worth in trade and defense deals. putin met indian prime minister singh in new delhi. they agreed on a deal for india to purchase components of fighter jets to assemble. they also agreed to set up a $2 billion fund to set up joint trade and economic projects. they decided to add two nuclear reactors to southern india. but they reportedly failed to agree on terms of compensation in the event of an accident. >>> wrestling fans turned out for events in pakistan earlier this month that pitted some of japan's strongest men against each other. professional wrestling used to be popular in pakistan and thousands showed up for the exhibition matches. behind the scenes is a long history between a japanese wrestling giant and a legendary local family. verk has the story. >> reporter: more than 20,000 people turned up to see this pro wrestling event. several wrestlers took to the ring. but there was no one better than strong man antonio noki. he may be 69 years old now, but he remains popular around the world, and his enormous presence in pakistan is a win. >> translator: i saw anoki's match in pakistan in 1976. we respect him because he's a great wrestler. >> reporter: anoki visited pakistan twice in the 1970s to take on local wrestlers. the first bout in 1976 pitted him against a national hero who was billed as the world's strongest man. he came from a family of wrestlers who were widely popular among pakistanis. the family was given the title elvan, which means wrestler as a sign of respect. but in the 1976 match against anoki, his shoulder was dislocated and he lost the match. the whole country would stand by the -- was stunned by the unexpected defeat. there was one family whose nephew was just ten years old at the time, but he still remembers the match vividly. >> translator: i was a child then, but i cried a lot. the whole family was upset. everybody was crying. >> reporter: the next member of the family to take on anoki was one of their up and coming stars chara who was 16 at the time. >> translator: my brother jara set his focus on defeating anoki and trained day in and day out. his boyhood was devoted to revenge. >> reporter: anoki was fighting in pakistan for a revenge match in 1979. the family's honor was at stake. jara's appearance had changed greatly after three years of intensive training. >> translator: he must have been obsessed because his physique had completely changed in three years. i remember him flexing his shoulder muscles. >> reporter: the two fought a close bout which ended in a draw. but after the final round, inoki walked up to jara and lifted his arm, admitting defeat. >> translator: we were exulted. inoki admitted defeat and we got our revenge. we also witnessed inoki's spirit of sportsmanship. >> translator: both of them have died since the memorable bout, and wrestling is no longer so popular in pakistan. during this visit, they offered a prayer. he told him he would like his son to do blood wrestling in japan. the pakistani and japanese wrestler fought a legendary bout that ruined 85 friendships between families and between countries. they are now handing down their robe to the next generation. nhk world. >>> for people who run japan's amusement arcades, life is anything but fun and games. some operators are adapting by targeting the older player. >> more than half the people who visit this arcade on weekdays are age 60 or over. this couple is in their 70s. >> it's no fun staying alone at home. that's why i come here. >> translator: i haven't joined any senior citizen groups. it's more comfortable and less stressful here. >> reporter: we're in a shopping mall in a suburb of inazawa city. there is not a lot to do here as far as shops and entertainment goes. the mall is about the only game in town. the number of elderly customers is up by one-fifth from 14 years ago when the mall opened. so as the young and family clientele shrunk, the owner shifted his target to the elderly. he makes an effort to help the customers stay fit so they'll enjoy the games more. a daily exercise routine started this summer. it eases stiff joints and backs. the customers have been playing hard. when the excitement runs high, customers can use these blood pressure monitors. they can even borrow eyeglasses when they need to know the score. many machines here are older models. they're easier to play and more familiar to the elderly. there are even a few games set up just for the senior clientele. news of the arcade has spread. its member program now boasts more than 120 people each day. >> each customer might not spend that much, but if we get many customers, our business will flourish. we have to tailor our services to the demand of the community. >> the izakawa game center has helped this community. this man suffered a brain hemorrhage several years ago. he spends most of his time at home. his wife has been taking care of him, but the responsibility is stressful. one day when they were out shopping, they stopped at the arcade. now they are regulars here. he has become more cheerful. hitago has made friends with other customers at the arcade. they give each other support. >> translator: we can talk about various things and understand how each other feels. i feel encouraged to try and live better. >> beyond the bells and bright lights, the izakawa game center may be a glimpse of the future as they adapt to a growing senior clientele. >> nice to see those smiles there. well, arcade goers in tokyo are enjoying sunny skies, but people in western areas of japan are dealing with heavy snow. here's the latest in her world weather forecast. >>> let us first start talking about japan, if we're getting a white christmas or not. let me show you a video coming up from kyoto first. as you can see, residents in the west side of japan are experiencing a white christmas. this is from kyotango prefecture, where about eight inches of snow piled up overnight. this is triggered by warm air from central russia. people along the west coast can expect plenty of snow and wind again and plenty of low temperatures, but these kids aren't really minding that and having a lot of fun here. let's pull back and show you we do see a low pressure system that is going to be developing and moving across this country, so that will be intensifying the wintry pressure pattern on top of what we have already been seeing. about 5:40 a.m., we have identified 198 centimetres, that's about two metres height in yawata prefecture, and the bad news is it's going to be continuing. about 18 centimetres will be found in the next 24 hours. about 50 centimetres will be piling up as well. in kyoto, about 126 kilometres per hour is expected and the waves will pick up about 6 metres high on the coastal region. then the pacific side will be remaining very dry, so watch out for that very dry air. high pressure will be dominating the crane peninsula and much of that china, and it's going to be very cold. frigid arctic air will be pulling in, dropping those temperatures down, but on the other side of the world in the tropics, we do have a late season tropical depression that formed over east mindanel, possibly making landfall in either of those land masses. and it will be intensifying over the warm water into a tropical storm status in the next 24 hours. heavy rain will be targeting southern phillipines in the next 24. that could raise risk of flash flooding and landslides. manila 30 degrees. you can see why that system will be intensifying. minus 6 for your high in seoul. you'll probably see about minus 13 degrees for your wednesday morning. tokyo is barely staying on the double digits at 10 degrees. moving over to the american continent, here, unfortunately, i do have to talk about some severe thunderstorms to come across the region on christmas day. this is a battle of the warm air and the cold air just clashing here and you will probably see some tornadic activity, which cannot be ruled out, damaging winds and also some severe thunderstorms in store there. across oklahoma, this is where you'll see the heaviest snow for your christmas day, on the order of about 50 centimetres. also to the west, we have a pacific system moving in bringing some stormy weather into california as well. temperaturewise, we're looking at oklahoma city just minus 2. los angeles, 19 on your holiday. i'll leave you with the extended forecast. >>> that's all for this edition of "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. thank you for joining us.
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>>> this morning on "first look," nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and thunderstorms could be on the way for christmas day. >>> a holiday tragedy in new york state as firefighters rush into a deadly trap. plus, the latest on former president george h.w. bush's health. where is netflix when you need it most? >>> and the queen goes 3-d? hmm. >> very merry christmas to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. parts of the country are waking up to a white christmas this morning for the third time in four years, a major winter storm has made its way across the country christmas week and this nasty weather system col whip up dangerous conditions in the southeast. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer has been tracking the storm for us. >> we're talking bad because it's a little bit of everything. we are looking at a severe storm certainly possible. we've already had a tornado warning posted down through northern acadia parish in louisiana. that has now since been lifted but we are going to see more severe weather break out all across the gulf coast states with a good chance of seeing some potential for tornados. we also have snow falling all across new england right now, heaviest in upstate new york. we still have the wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain back through the hartford area, and that is going to be an issue for anyone traveling early this morning. we also though have to keep an eye out for these storms where we do have a severe thunderstorm watch posted and eventually we will see severe storm warnings get issued i'd say all across louisiana. all of those flooshz of light, that's the cloud to ground lightning we're seeing. so very strong storms back through louisiana and up into northeastern texas, as well. then you go a little further north. we're talking about snow. we have winter weather warnings and advisories and watches, basically from texas all the way up into northern new england. we are slowly going to see this thing start to the spread eastward. however, for the gulf coast area, we're going to see the biggest threat for tornadoes. even the shading of yellow from eastern texas all the way into western south carolina, we have the potential of very strong storms with wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour and also the chance of seeing a lot of cloud to ground lightning, as well. parts of oklahoma picking up 3 to 6 inches of snow. from arkansas all the way up into northern new england, we could see 3 to 6 inches of snow but that darker shade of purple is an area right through buffalo into cleveland and erie, pennsylvania, we could see some spots coming in with a foot of snow. we're really talking about everything with this big storm system. >> we'll keep our fingers crossed. thank you, dylan. >>> folks outside the upstate new york city of rochester are still in shock in morning after a twisted holiday tragedy that will left two firefighters dead and two others hospitalized on christmas eve. nbc's chris pallone has this one. >> reporter: a sleepy vacation community northeast of rochester, new york, is in shock after a gunman lured firefighters to a neighborhood and shot them. investigators in webster, new york, say four firefighters responded to reports of a house and car on fire around 5:30 monday morning. two in a fire truck, two others in their own cars. >> it appears that it was a trap, that there was a car and a house that were engulfed in flame. >> one of the men was able to retreat to safety after being shot. a s.w.a.t. team in armored vehicle retrieved the other three. by then tomas ca too far za and mike chiapperini were dead. police evacuated 30 people from the area. the shooter was found shot dead near the scene. police say he killed himself. he's been identified as william spengler, a man with a lengthy criminal history. he served time for killing his grandmother. throughout the day, townspeople remembered the fallen firefighters as they tried to make sense of the senseless. >> you know, these people, they're just always there four, you know? you just take them for granted. you don't know. >> it's really heartbreaking for these families and these people. and what any have to go through and so close to a holiday where we're supposed to love each other. >> firefighters' families snow loved ones put their lives on the line every day but could never imagine something like this would happen. >> they don't expect to be shot and killed. >> a time which should be filled with joy has been replaced with sorrow. chris pallone, nbc news. >>> former president george h.w. bush took a turn for the worse last night. he's developed a fever and will be spending christmas in the hospital. his doctors now say they are cautiously optimistic that mr. bush who is 88 will recover. he has been hospitalized since thanksgiving suffering from bronchitis. >>> well, as members of congress spend christmas at home they are hearing from their constituents about guns. for and against further restrictions. it is shaping up to be one of the next year's biggest battles. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> few things illustrate the nation's divide over guns as sharply as this. the debate over high capacity magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. on the website of brownell's, the world's biggest supplier of gun schizo, 20 and 30-round magazines are featured stocking suffers. the company's president says sales in one 72 hour period equalled what's usually sold in 3 1/2 years. connecticut state police say adam lanza used several 30-round clips on a semi-automatic rifle to shoot the 26 victims at sandy hook elementary. >> these mass killings have to stop and we have do everything we can. it will include looking at how many bullets do you need in a magazine in a semi-automatic weapon. >> on "meet the press," david gregory asked the nra's chief spokesman, why not bring back the ten-year ban that expired in 2004. >> i don't believe that's going to make one difference. there are so many different ways to evade that. you had that for ten years. it was on the books. columbine occurred right in the middle of it. it didn't make any difference. >> the prospect of a ban on magazines or the kind of guns called assault weapons have people in atlanta standing in line for more than an hour at a gun show. customers at this shooting ranging in arizona say those weapons are widely used by sportsmen. >> guys that shoot clays, guys that shoot trophy animals, you know, a lot of them are done with semi-automatic hunting rifles. >> a group representing mothers says it will fight hard for a ban. >> 80 million moms are just not going to let the 4 million members of the nra drive the discussion on this. >> both sides are prepared for the biggest battle over gun control in 20 years. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >> what is open today if you need to get out of the house? and an epic fail on one of the biggest movie watching weeks of the year. your first look at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. plus a look at which new flicks are hitting the big screen. you are watching "first look" on msnbc. >>> happy holidays. welcome back to "first look." some stories making news this morning and some sad news to report to you. charles durning who was often called the king of character actors has died in new york at the age of 89. durning was nominated for an oscar for his over the top performance as a corrupt governor in the 1982 it's the best little whorl house in texas." a year later he got a nomination for "to be or not to be." jack klugman died monday afternoon in los angeles at the age of 90. clug man starred as a medical examiner in the tv series quincy," but he is perhaps best known for his role as felix unger's sloppy roommate oscar madison in the tv version of the who had couple". at the vatican, the pope led his midnight mass at 10:00 p.m. to allow himself more rest before his big christmas day speech. the pontiff told worshipers that he's worried there is no room left for god in our hectic and technology-driven lives. >> in the afghan capital of kabul, u.s. and other mate toe soldiers celebrated christmas eve away from their families and friends with a special meal and candlelight service. here is one soldier's take on not being home for the holidays. >> you know, this job comes with a price. and many of the soldiers, they realize that price. so even though we'd like to be with our families we realize the importance of what we're doing here and we believe in it. >> while the first family vacations in hawaii, first lady michelle obama took phone calls from some lucky kids who are tracking the progress of santa claus through a site set up by norad. as it turns out, a record number of those kids and adults were looking for realtime updates on st. nick. according to norad, as of midnight, trackers answered more than 111,000 calls. that is 4,000 more than last christmas. pretty cool. >>> major markets ended christmas eve on the downside, but who could be gloomy with santa on hand to ring the bell. also grammy award winner chris botti did jazz up the stock exchange with a little christmas year. >> consumer reports estimates some 17 million shoppers were out yesterday with gift cards. wine and liquor topping last minute flicks. netflix suffered a massive outage which it blamed on the cloud network. acer is reportedly looking to launch a $99 tablet early next year. >> and hey, if are looking for a very last-minute gift or maybe just a bite to eat this morning, starbucks, ihop and walgreen's should all be open today. >>> it will be a short merry christmas for members of congress with the country perched on the precipice of what some are calling fiscal disaster. lawmakers return this week to what looks like an increasingly impossible task of trying to prevent across the board tax hikes and spending cuts. jennifer johnson has details. >> reporter: a peaceful capitol hill for another few days. congress is expected to come back later this week as america gets closer to the fiscal cliff. some lawmakers are now calling for a small scale deal as a temporary fix. >> i think it's impossible to get any kind of grand bargain or comprehensive package. i think we're dealing right now with whether or not we can put off the increases in tax rates. that's really all we can deal with right now. >> the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> reporter: congress recessed alf republicans rejected house speaker jane bahner's compromise. he proposed letting tax cuts expire for those making over $1 million a year. other republicans say it's time for a deal. >> i agree with him. i don't think we ought to increase taxes on anyone. however, we're now at a point where we're not going to get what we think is right for our economy and our country. >> with congress coming back, the president will also reportedly cut short his holiday vacation in hawaii. democrats hope mr. obama will continue to fight for a complete agreement, not just a temporary patch. >> i definitely hope that he can and will continue to push for as big a deal as possible, but you've got to remember now, we're just a few days away. >> if no deal is reached, over 2 million americans will lose their jobless benefits and workers will see a 2% cut in their take home pay as social security payroll taxes go up january 1st. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. >> well, around this time of year, there is a big surprise that happens on the rockefeller center ice skating rink outside our nbc news world head quarters. it happens about half a dozen times a day every day. nbc's erica hill has the story. >> right outside our doors at rockefeller center, home to the country's most celebrated christmas tree, we often hear an plows th applause this time of year. and when we do, we know it means something special is happening. >> yeah. >> the reason for those moments is people like summit chang flew 4,000 miles from the netherlands just to be here. >> keep skating. >> he's about to give his girlfriend rina the surprise of her life. >> she doesn't have a clue. she's been waiting for this for a long time. >> she's been dropping hints for you too around the house. >> yeah, she does. she puts books on my pillow with wedding dresses and rings. >> summit is going to propose. he chose this spot because it's the same place from rina's favorite movie scene. >> i know i don't deserve a christmas. >> in "home alone," at the end, kevin stands in front of the tree. that's her favorite moment. so i think why not bring her to the tree. >> you're confident she's going to say yes, right? >> i think she's going to say yes, yeah. i'm still nervous. >> she thinks she's just here to skate beneath that famous tree. but as the rink empties, summit keeps her on the ice. >> baby, do you want to marry me? [ applause ] >> yeah. >> he looked me very deep into the eyes. i just started crying. >> during the holidays, applause rings out many times every day. >> i love you so much. will you please marry me? >> yes. >> yet another perfect proposal complete with victory lap led on by cheers from the crowd. well, almost perfect. so if you get a chance to visit us here in new york city, listen for the applause. >> i love you. will you marry me? >> erica hill, nbc news, new york. >> oh, that is so sweet. well, coming up next, britain's queen elizabeth goes 3-d for her holiday message, plus go behind the scenes to see what it takes to decorate the nation's most famous residence. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. 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[ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> in thailand, santa may be trading in dasher and dancer for a dumbo? elephants dressed in festive gear visited a group of school children to hand out holiday gifts. students jumped to catch presents and pet the reindeer who also danced for the young audience. the visit was especially heartwarming as many locals lost their homes and belongings to a flood earlier this year. >>> here is your first look at some of the other news going on around america now. at homes, streets and churches of connecticut were dotted with tens of thousands of luminaries christmas eve burning brightly in remembrance of the sappedy hook massacre. a total of 30,000 bags and candles were handed out in packs of 26 to honor each victim. some clever elves at the white house released time lapse video giving a behind the scenes glimpse of all the prep work involved in decorating the executive mansion for the holidays. a total of 85 volunteers from across the country decked the halls with fruit, flowers and holly for the holiday season. when it was all done, the obama's dog beau was called in for a final tour of the festive decor. >>> and not far from there, santa came to town in maryland for a wet and wild christmas. check this out as he's done then ing this past 27 years, st. nick ditched the sleigh for water skis. the jolly big guy was joined by his knee boarding reindeer and acrobatic elves who flipped their way across the river. very nice. >>> a touching story from greenville, south carolina where one toddler put santa to the test this year. hunter wanted one thing for christmas. his daddy. an army naerd soldiers who has been being is overseas and wasn't due back until january. with the help of a little christmas magic, santa delivered. hunter was reunited with his father just in time for the big day. >>> it has been a big year for the british royal family, especially for the queen who has been celebrating her 60 years on the throne and in honor of that big milestone, the queen is doing something for the very first time this christmas, filming her message in tv. tim ewart from our broadcasting partner itn has details. >> she is 86 but a very modern monarch. the queen has her own facebook page, a flicker photo stream and the british monarch kiy twitter account. now she's recorded her christmas message in 3-d. >> all those who is saw the achievement and courage. >> even though only a few hundred thousand of its millions of viewers will be able to see it in that format. she has her own diamante 3-d glasses embossed with the letter "q" for queen, and she put them on for a viewing. the london olympics and paralympics were a highlight of this diamond jubilee year. and the christmas message concludes with a special tribute to britain's athletes. >> as london hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the achievement and courage at the olympic and paralympic games were further inspired by the skill, dedication, training, and teamwork of our athletes. in pursuing their own sporting goals, they gave the rest of us the opportunity to share something of the excitement and drama. >> the diamond jubilee has left the british monarchy more popular than for many years. officials here say that with the anniversary of the coronation coming up, the queen intends to maintain the momentum next year. tim ewart, itv news, buckingham palace. >> now for entertainment news. hollywood is offering up joyous tidings on the big screen this christmas who day, and they are sewer to appeal to a vid variety of tastes. here is raphael seth with a look at this week's new relations. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ >> the theaters' longest-running musical gets a bigger stage in less mississippi ablss xwk. anne hathaway is getting raves as fantine. hugh jackman, russell crowe and amanda seyfert tell the story of broken dreams and lost love in 19th century trans. "les mis" is rated pg. >> you kill people and they give you reward. >> jamie foxx gets a license to kill in "django unchained" playing a southern slave freed two years before the civil war released into the custody of a bounty hunter played by christophe whoolts needs him to identify a couple of killers. once that job is done, they go after leonardo dicaprio who may own the deed to a wife jang goal lost at a slave auction. it is rated r. >> bette midler and lily crystal baby-sit the grandkids in "parental guidance." their old school rules don't fly in today's society. so the grandparents learn it's the surprises you make not the stand you take that keeps the family together. it is rated pg. >> tractor pulls, cow tipping. >> matt damon tries to tip the balance of power in "promised land." a small town has been hit hard by the economic downturn so it should be easy for him to buy out all those poor farmers so his company can drill for gas. but when everything on john krazynski's farm starts dying, they start raling around. "promised land" is rated r. that's the box office preview, raphael seth, nbc news. >> now for another look at the weather, here is meteorologist dylan dreyer. where was the jud apatow movie? >> you're so bummed about that, right? >> i was planning my mom to see it. >> you still should. i'm sure it's still out there. >> i didn't get to see the review though. >> you make the review, veronica. that's the whole point. >> we're actually looking at a very cold mifs morning all through the dakotas. windchills right now down at around 8 to 10 below zero. very frigid air up that way. we'll see that be an issue all through the dakotas and into minneapolis all day long. we are not going to see a whole lot of relief. we also have snow about six inches of snow possible parts in parts of oklahoma. you see this dark shade of pink and purple basically from arkansas right up into northern new england, there is the chance for 6 to 12 inches with more than a foot of snow through southern indiana, through ohio into northwestern pennsylvania and through the buffalo, new york area, as well. a closer look shows you right off the great lakes with a little enhancement, we will see perhaps a foot of snow. we also have severe weather breaking out through louisiana where we could see tornadoes develop as we go through the day. we're looking for most of our severe weather down in the southeast and then that snow spreads eastward through the day tomorrow. >> thanks, dylan. a merry christmas. >> to you too. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "first look" on msnbc. this is flo. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service.
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Dec 24, 2012 11:00pm PST
evening with his family. >>> it may be christmas eve but the fiscal cliff is not far from the minds of lawmakers. the president and congress left washington on friday for the holidays with a promise to return later this week. there is only a week left to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that will impact almost every american. tonight it appears democrat senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a comp mice to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class. the president was in hawaii for the funeral of senator daniel minoli. >>> one of the president's last acts before leaving washington caught some holiday travelers offguard today. grace lee on how an unexpected federal holiday scuttled some christmas vacations. >> i'm really upset. at this point, i don't know what can we do now? just wait. we've been here since 7:30 in the morning. my appointment was at 9. >> reporter: stranded an christmas eve. it was the same story for dozens who were supposed to pick up pass ports today. some had confirmation numbers. >> extremely frustrating and disappointing that i'm not going to be
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Dec 24, 2012 5:00pm PST
, they have taken off for the holiday. looks like we're headed over the fiscal cliff. the millions in cuts facing bay area cities. >>> plus, caught on camera. dramatic river rescue in l.a . a man clings to bushes for hours fighting that strong current. that is coming up at 6:00. >> one more week at the holiday week weather. >> reporter: it is amazing between this dance last december 20/09 comes -- this december and last december. five times as much snow this year compared to last year. early christmas present for the skiers. >> yeah. >> thanks for watching. >> glor: ton >> glor: tonight, firefighters ,mbushed. four volunteers targeted by a rs targe >> we're being shot at. multiple firemen down. >> glor: two are dead after responding to a house fire. fire.elrod has more. holiday storms potentially disrupting travel plans for l planss. snow moving from west to east, forecasters say tornados could out the south. down to the wire in the pivotal christmas shopping season. in john blacstone says many retailers will not be ohnebrating. celebratins to santa. >> "dear santa, are you getting re
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Dec 24, 2012 5:00pm PST
. senator joe lieberman it is more likely we will go over the fiscal cliff following the failure of joan boehner to get higher taxes on wealthy americans. if the president and congress can't agree, government spending cuts and tax hikes will kick in automatically. market watchers feel it could push the competent back into recession. >> carolyn: instapgram has triggered a class action lawsuit. the claim was filed against facebook that owns the service. infagram that changed its terms of service. idea was abandoned after an outcry from users. lawsuit alleged they breached the contract with users in tweak that go policy. facebook has not responded to the suit. >> dan: a new requirement that forces california lawmakers to drive their own cars for legislative business is paying off. they report the state has saved $240,000, n taxpayer money since the new rule went into effect one year ago. california lawmakers were given a car paid by the state. this year that practice ended. they must drive their own cars, the savings was achieved because many legislators cut their driving habits in half. >>
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Dec 25, 2012 12:00pm PST
to avoid the fiscal cliff on new year's if democrats and republicans can't compromise, tax hikes will kick in, the tax policy center said families making $50,000 a year will have to pay $2,400 more in taxes. >>> the excon who lured firefighters to their deaths left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> we are being shot at. multiple fireman down, i'm shot. >> that was a call that a wounded firefighter made, william spangler burned his home yesterday and waited for first responders. he was armed a gun, a shot gun and a rifle. he opened fire when crews arrived. arrived. two firefighters were killed. >> just always there for you. you just take them for granted. you don't -- >> two more wounded are still in the hospital on this christmas day. spangler took his own life. his rifle is the same make and caliber weapon used by the newtown shooter. >>> families in connecticut are trying to find solace on this christmas day. the town is still reeling from the shooting that killed 26 people at the sandy hook elementary more t
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Dec 24, 2012 7:00pm PST
congress to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> at the vatican, pope benedict the 16th presided over christmas eve mass. he urged people to make room for god in their busy lives. the catholic pope also prayed for peace in israel, palestine and syria. this year midnight mass was moved up two hours to 10:00 p.m. to accommodate the ageing church leader. >>> clear skies kept travelers on track at sfo today after long de lay this is past weekend. as atly reports, this day before christmas is a busy one. >> the security line snaked throughout terminal 2 in san francisco international airport this morning. travelers shuffled through to chasm flights to arrive in time for christmas morning. >> everybody twoonts go home and see family. >> friday, december 21st, was technically the businessest day of holiday travel season for sfo with 130,000 people passing through, but christmas eve isn't too far behind with 120,000 airline passengers expected to. for some holiday traveler, the last-minute journey was a matter of price. >> i picked the 24th because it was, like, $250 less than what was on saturday or s
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Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
that forced stores to cut prices and extend hours as consumers increased with the fiscal cliff became more cautious but not unfeeling. >> deals right now. more deals after christmas but somebody always has to open a gift at christmas. >> reporter: they had predicted a increase of 3.3%. but it just came out with a prediction of 2.5%, still an increase. reporting live, consumer editor tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> a south bay sheet metal shop created a shiny work of art inspired by the holiday season. >> look at this. a 14-foot tall stainless steal christmas tree. >> everybody who sees it is excited. 10 people worked 500 hours to build the statue. >>> at the toy drive outside lefty o'doul's they are hoping for a christmas miracle. we will explain why they need help. >> bad accident on highway 84, but how are the rest of the roads doing? >> back here, rain to talk about for christmas day, when it starts, when it ends and how much you will see. back here in 10 minutes. look at you guys with your fancy-schmancy u-verse high speed internet. you know, in my day you couldn't just start
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Dec 25, 2012 2:00am PST
week as america gets closer to the fiscal cliff. some larrymakers are now calling for a small scale deal as a temporary fix. >> i think it's impossible to get any kind of grand bargain or comprehensive package. i think we're dealing right now with whether or not we can put off the increases in tax rates. that's really all we can deal with right now. >> the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> reporter: congress recessed after republicans rejected john boehner's compromise. he proposed letting tax cuts expire for those making over $1 million a year. other republicans say it's time for a deal. >> i agree with him. i don't think we ought to increase taxes on anyone. however, we're now at a point where we're not going to get what we think is right for our economy and our country. >> with congress coming back, the president will also reportedly cut short his holiday vacation in hawaii. democrats hope mr. obama will continue to fight for a complete agreement, not just a temporary patch. >> i definitely hope that he can and will continue to push for as big a deal
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Dec 25, 2012 12:00am PST
to the fiscal cliff deadline, but with those talks on hold, so is the santa claus rally on wall street. and they're a rare breed in corporate america. we look at why so few c.e.o.'s are women. that and more, tonight on nbr. >> susie: not a very merry day of trading on wall street today. it was a holiday shortened session, and the investors and traders working on this half- day were playing it safe, especially with the fiscal cliff ks
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Dec 25, 2012 12:00am PST
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> brown: christmas eve shootings killed two firefighters in rochester, new york and a policeman and bystander in houston, texas. good evening. i'm jeffrey brown. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight, we have the latest on the killings, coming ten days after the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. >> brown: then, we turn to egypt, and accusations of voting fraud in the referendum for a new constitution. we talk with opposition leader mohamed el-baradei. consider a sad day in my view for it is going to institutionalize -- >> ifill: the legal showdown between california health center that discusses marijuana and >> ifill: we have the story of a legal showdown between a california health center that dispenses marijuana and federal authorities. >> just people feel safe coming here. like going to your neighborhood cvs or anywhere else. >> brown: open season in congress look >> brown: seven weeks after election day, there are open seats in congress. we look at contests in three senate races. >> ifill: fred de sam lazaro profiles a priest who became a doctor to help haiti's poor and orphaned children. >> brown: and we close with a conversation with the editor of a new anthology of verse: 100 poems written over 100 years. >> it doesn't have poetry. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: gunfire tore at the nation's holiday mood again today, with the emotional wounds from a school massacre still fresh. there were more fatal shootings, including one in western new york, where an attacker lay in wait for a fire crew. >> responding firefighters when they pulled up on the scene started receiving -- were fired upon. >> police speaking shortly after a home and car erupted in flames. it was arson they said later that turned out to be an ambush. >> it does appear that it was a trap that was set. for responding first responders. >> gunmen killed two volunteer firefighters and wounded two others then killed himself. police identified him as william spangler, he haddon time, 17 years for manslaughter but ha motive for today's attack was unknown. in houston a gunman killed a police officer and another man before being captured. spate of christmas eve attacks among renewed gun violence that flared to life after the massacre at sandy hook in newtown, connecticut, ten days ago. on friday, the head of the national rifle association, wayne la pi oerriere called for armed guards in every school. that stance was met with awave of headlines and editorials that lampooned la pierre condemned the nra refusal to give any ground on gun control. but sunday on nbc's "meet the press" he was unrepentant. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i tell what you the american people, i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> brown: on the same program, new york democrat senator chuck schumer called la pierre tone deaf. >> he blamed everything but guns, movies, the media, president obama, gun-free cool zones, you name it, the video games, he blames them. now, trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung canger is without talking about cigarettes. >> brown: schumer and others are now urging renewed ban on assault-style weapons, curbs on high capacity ammunition magazines. some republicans have joined in. senator kay bailey hutchison of texas spoke on "face the nation." >> i think we ought to be looking at where the real danger is, like those large clips, i think that does need to be looked at. >> brown: but fellow republican lindsey brame 6 south carolina argued a new ban would not make the country safer. >> the best way to interrupt a shatter keep him out of the schools, if they get in the school have somebody that can interrupt them through armed force. >> brown: connecticut independent senator joe leiberman observed on cnn that passing new gun laws won't be easy. >> the strength of the nra that more than half of the abuts in america have guns, own guns, have them in their homes. >> brown: they already may be having affect, gun store owners around the country have reported their stock is flying off the shelves. >> we have christmas business, hunting season business now we have the political business. >> brown: back in newtown the focus remained on coping with a christmas ravaged by grief. local post office received a flood of cards with messages of hope and towns people expect to light hundreds of outdoor candles tonight for the 26 shooting victims. >> ifill: still to come on the newshour, egypt's troubled referendum; medical marijuana runs into federal law; special elections coming to the senate; helping haiti's orphans; and hundred years of "poetry" magazine. but first, with the other news of the day. here's kwame holman. >> holman: the christmas of 2012 began arriving around the world this evening. in bethlehem, manger square was adorned in decorations and lights, and christian pilgrims and others celebrated midnight mass at the church of the nativity. at the vatican, pope benedict xvi led an early version of midnight mass for hundreds of people in st. peter's basilica. thousands more gathered outside, in st. peter's square. and u.s. troops in afghanistan marked another holiday on the front lines with early christmas dinners. >> my family, however, this job comes with a price, many of the soldiers realize that price. even though we like to be with our families we realize the importance of what we're doing here and we believe in it. there also was another fatal shooting of an american in afghanistan today. a policewoman in kabul killed a u.s. civilian trainer who'd been working with the nato command. there've been more than 60 such "insider" attacks this year. this was the first committed by a woman. in syria, the u.n. envoy to syria met with president bashar al-assad in damascus, but he gave no sign of progress toward halting the civil war. lakhdar brahimi spoke with assad as part of a two-day visit. brahimi was appointed envoy in september, but he's made little apparent headway. the latest visit came a day after opposition groups reported a government air strike on a bakery killed at least 60 people. authorities in india restricted vehicle and railroad travel in new delhi today, in the wake of violent protests over a gang rape. on sunday, police sprayed tear gas and water cannons after crowds began throwing stones and tipping over vehicles. the protesters demanded stronger punishments for crimes against women after a 23-year old woman was attacked on a public bus last week. the victim was thrown from the bus afterward. she remains in critical condition. six arrests have been made. washington was quiet today with the president and congress gone for christmas. but the lack of any fiscal cliff talks worried wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost more than 51 points to close at 13,139. the nasdaq fell eight points to close at 3012. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to gwen. >> ifill: in egypt, although one side seems to have clearly won, citizens are still awaiting official results of the country's constitutional referendum. as the sun rose over cairo today, opposition activists vowed to hold their ground against the newly approved constitution. >> what we all need as constitution is express the demands of all egyptians. we are here to say that we need constitution for all of us. >> ifill: sunday leaders of the national salvation front warned the document would give too much way to islamic law and curb the rights of women and the christian minority. >> we are committed to continuing our collective peaceful struggle in order to bring down this constitution through legitimate means as soon as possible. because it's a constitution that is not worthy of egyptians. >> ifill: president's party supported the draft charter on 64% yes vote after saturday's second round of volting. the opposition had similar account that there were many instances of fraud. and even some supporters of the constitution set a higher margin of victory might have assured civility after years of political chaos. >> the referendum was completely free, this is something that i have seen with my own eyes. they say 63% yes. this is the least that should be. it should have been 70 or 75%. egyptian people need results of the ballot just as we have been taught in democracy. >> ifill: some independent newspapers challenged the legitimacy of the results over one-third voted on saturday. now parliamentary elections scheduled in two months the struggle over egypt's political future moves to a new arena once ratification of the new constitution is made official, the upper chamber of parliament will convene with enhanced powers to legislate. over the weekend, he appointedded 0 new members to the body already dominated by islamists. >> brown: i spoke nancy youssef in cairo. wall come again. when are we expecting certified results on the vote about the constitution? >> we expect that tomorrow. we've been hearing unofficial results literally minutes after the polls closed over the weekend on saturday. but said we expect official results tomorrow that will give us a good sense of not only how much referendum passed by, but what it says about his popularity and what it says about trends in the country, supporting the direction he's taking. there will be lot of information in there, from what we know preliminarily the referendum did particularly well in upper egypt and lost in the capital of cairo. >> brown: what does that tell you, those differences? what does it say about egyptian culture, society or political -- politics? >> it's interesting, because the numbers that we know so far tell us that first of all the enthusiasm for participating in this process is dropping in the first round of the election, presidential elections over the summer. 70% eligible egyptians voted. and run-off presidential elections, 50% of egypt's 50 million eligible voters participated. in this referendum it was 230%. the fact that the capital is not approved referendum raises a lot of questions from those who said that the constitution would lead to more stability. what it portends is more division and more urban areas and areas that ultimately will spur economic investment in this country which it so desperately needs. that could be reached in poor egyptians. what we hear is that they want stability, and economic development and until the urban areas on board prevailing feeling is that the rest of egypt won't progress. so it's troublesome for him fewer people are interested in participating, number two, that he hasn't gotten the areas where the urban vote is so important. >> brown: are you seeing any signs at this point of president morriseyy or brotherhood reaching out to opponents after this round of voting? >> they will say that they're interested in everything discussions, but what we're really seeing more than anything is that the muslim brotherhood and their supporters are already thinking about the parliamentary elections which under the constitution must be held within 60 days. that is the next battle that everybody is gearing up for. because this constitution is very vague, what it really does give a lot of power to the legislators. there are many, many causes, more than 30 of the 236 articles that say things like, egyptians have this right unless stated by law. everything is put in the hands of the legislature. while this document codifies the muslim brotherhood legitimacy, the real test in terms of power will now be in the parliamentary elections. rather than an effort towards trying to get consensus what we're really seeing miss supporters trying to prepare for the next and arguably the most election, parliamentary election. >> brown: in the meantime, the opposition is talking about potential fraud in this latest vote, are there any known documented irregularities that have been found? >> so far there are a lot of allegations and counter allegations by the opposition. they have alleged more than 600 violations from judges urging people to vote a tern say to balancing. what was interesting that this election, particularly the second round ever it on the 22nd really have least amount of monitoring that we had seen. so the cases or potential for fraud certainly were the highest that they have been since egypt started having these elections because there wasn't enough time to get enough monitors in here. even enough judges just to hold the referendum vote, a lot of prosecutors and other illegal experts were brought in to hold the referendum. there was the expectation that allegations would be highest this time, but in terms of specifics we've heard some from the opposition but also heard from supporters of the referendum that any violations were minor don't affect the ultimate outcome. >> brown: okay, nancy youssef of mcclatchy newspapers in cairo, thanks so much. >> ifill: earlier today i spoke >> ifill: earlier today, i spoke with opposition leader, and coordinator for the national salvation front, mohamed elbaradei. he is the former head of the international atomic energy agency and a nobel peace prize winner. . >> ifill: thank you for joinings us. you called egypt to reject the -- what's recan to how it turned out? >> it is going to pass but it's a sad day in my view for egypt because it is going to institutionalize stability, very polarizing charter, defines a lot of the basic human value like treatment woman of religion, freedom of expression, so i'm not sure that this is the way forward. however, we would have to take it from there and i think that we treat that constitution try to get another assembly to work, that is not polarizing but establish a consensus among the two divided fraction of the society. right now we have educated middle class on one camp and the so-called islamists and majority of the illiterate part on the other side. that's not the way we expected after the uprising. we need a charter that unifies people that not talking about controversial issues like role, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of worship but talk about science, technology, health care, that is what people compare about. we are going through difficult time that the economy is falling apart, standard and poor downgraded us to a d minus. not in the greatest shape. we need to see a way to move forward. but it is difficult time right now. >> ifill: but if these numbers hold, it looks like pretty significant victory for the muslim brotherhood, was this silent majority that was speaking? >> i'm not sure it's a silent majority. you have islamists which is probably like 30% of the country the rest are as you know, one-third of the country is illiterate. they are being told that this is stability. i think they have right to think that way. going through turbulent time for two years, if you tell them this is way to stability and this is the way for your deliverance because we are going to apply god's word, it is very attractive for people who really cannot make much of a very sophisticated draft constitution. yes, it is a majority. but on the other side everybody pretty much who is educated in egypt, all that qualify, all the professionals are all on the 30% rejecting the constitution. you need to get the two together. you need to get qualified people to be part of the system. so far he has been not reaching out to the rest of the country. he needs to do that. because this is where the qualified people who can jumpstart economy, who can work on the education, health care, all the basic needs that are sorely needed here right now. >> ifill: let's go back for a moment. was there any evidence you have found so far, fraud or irregularities in the vote? >> a lot of complaints about irregularity. i believe there has been irregularity. people have been denied access to the falling -- people voting in groups, there have been some of that. but the fact that it has been -- however, i do believe either that referendum will not cleanse that document because as i said, it has intrinsic illegitimacy. it defies basic human values that is declaration of human rights, many of the other convention, is that protect guarantee freedom, guarantee human dignity. they are lacking. one of the most dangerous parts in that constitution that it opens the door for many controversial school of religious thoughts to seep through the process and undermine the authority of the judiciary. that is one of the issues that is very -- creates a lot of apprehension for many people here because they do not want the country moving from -- moving from totalitarian system to mr. mubarak or another system wrapping itself around religion or religious freedom. there's a lot of serious apprehension about this document. how to get -- saying let us start to go about amending that charter which is -- can just give you indication of how -- here is cons take city talks adopted today inviting opposition to start identifying areas where we can agree how to amend that constitution. >> ifill: the opposition has lost every battle that it has had against the president since he took over last june, are you two fractured, do you owe pose him? >> we have been fractured in the past. don't forget that after the uprising, after the revolution, the brotherhood has been underground for 780 years, it has been reaching out to the grass roots providing social services. they have excellent connection with average joe, if you like. opposition has been six months old. has been established in the last few months has been fractured. right now i think only in last month we had been getting together, establishing a united front. i think we're moving -- gaining ground right now. if you compare referendum a year and a half ago we've got 23%. this time we got 36%. we do hope that as the coming parliamentary election we can get majority. if we do that we finally would be able to correct the past of the revolution that focused on human dignity guarantees of freedom. we do need that everybody around the world to stand up and be counted, frankly. we have constitution right now that is not democratic. everybody should put his money where his mouth is, everybody should understand that stability will only come with the democracy. we should not repeat the mistake frankly during mubarak's time that giving or sacrificing democracy on the ouster of -- short term political. >> ifill: the next test will be the parly member terry -- parliamentary elections. thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much for having me. >> ifill: >> ifill: we asked representatives from the muslim brotherhood to appear on the program tonight, but none was available. we hope to bring you that view tomorrow. >> brown: next, the battle between federal and state authorities over legal marijuana is coming to a head in a high- profile case in california. a dispensary there is capturing national attention, even more so now that colorado and washington state have approved the legal use of recreational pot. our report comes from special correspondent jake schoneker. production help came from the media enterprise alliance, a pbs student reporting lab based in oakland. >> good afternoon, how are you? how can i help you today? >> i'm interested in probably -- >> richard scott silva suffered from lower back. he was in a motorcycle accident six years ago. he says the most effective treatment for his spain not a pill, but a plant. cannabis also known at marijuana. for the most part he gross his own at his home in california central valley. when he wants to try out new varieties or buy plants makes the two hour drive to harbor side health center in oakland. >> what's the best that you have on the top shelf? >> guaranteed good clean medicine, quality, just a nice safe haven, people feel safe coming here. like going to your neighborhood vcs or anywhere else, any neighborhood pharmacy. >> harbor side offers patients about 250 different strengths of cannabis in different forms. including edible, tinctures and creams. big business. they brought in $25 million in sales. money that cofounder steve deangelo would end up on the street. >> we have taken $25 million a year of illegal drug sales off the streets of oakland and brought them in to harbor side. >> deangelo has been a marijuana activists since he was a teenager. says when he moved to california in 2001 there weren't many places for patients to buy marijuana safely. >> i started harbor side to create a model of best practices for the cannabis industry to demonstrate that it can be distributed in a way that professional and responsible and bring benefits to -- >> since it was founded, harbore world's largest marijuana dispensary. it serves more than 115,000 patients. as expanded to a second location in san jose. deangelo's business attracted media attention from across the globe. >> the harbor side medical center this is actually the largest medical can business disbones knee. >> harbor side says it has 20,000 clients. >> from the harbor side health center in oakland. >> it wasn't just media that was paying attention. someone else noticed harbor side, too. the federal government. this past july u.s. attorney melinda hague filed forfeiture action against them. that means that the buildings could be seized dispensary shut down. it's all part of ongoing federal crackdown on pot in california. >> one of the reasons we are making these announcements today to try to put to rest the notion that large marijuana businesses can shelter themselves under state law and operate without fear of federal enforcement. >> henry, the lead attorney for harbor side, says in the past year hundreds of california dispensaries have been shut down. >> up until now every time the federal government has attempted to close down a dispensary through forfeiture action they have closed their doors and moved on. i suspect that that's what they thought was going to happen with harbor side but they got a big surprise. >> shortly after they received the notice, harbor side announced they would contest the case. and in october they received an unlikely ally, the city of oakland. city own barbara parker filed suited against the federal government. parker says oakland has already heavily invested in system to tax and regulate dispensaries. >> we laugh a great deal of time and energy and money setting up this system that is consistent with california law. and is a tragic way of the government's resources. >> but others say potash shops never should have been able to open 2349 first place. >> federal law, law of the land or is it law, that's the bottom line. >> carla lowe is citizens against legalization of marijuana. a lobbying group based in sacramento. pot is unsafe and ineffective. not a -- an 'digtive, dangerous drug. >> not a medicine. always been a joke, a cruel hoax, always has been, always will be. f.d.a. will never approved it for any product to be deemed a medicine. >> with the recent legalization of medical marijuana in washington and colorado national leaders are re-examining pot policies. the justice department soon expected to issue a response which now allow adults 21 and old tore possess up to one ounce legally. on capitol hill, senate judiciary chairman patrick leahy called for congressional hearings on the issue and for his part, president obama told abc's barbara walters that the federal government has bigger fish to try than to go after pot smokers. >> it does not make sense from a prior othertization point of view to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that's legal. >> while marijuana users in those states may be off the hook, dispensaries and stores that sell the drug may not get the same treatment. the justice department hasn't said whether it will crackdown on businesses to try to sell marijuana in colorado and washington. but in states like california, where only medical marijuana is legal the strategy has been to target the very largest cannabis growing and dispensaries and none bigger than harbor side. if the dispensary is shut down it could open the door for other federal crack downs across the country. but if harbor side is able to win its case in federal court it would be a game changer for the entire medical marijuana industry. >> this case presents an excellent opportunity for the cannabis community and federal government to sit down and work out the solution that would end the conflict between state law and federal law on this most important issue. >> deangelo says model he's established in oakland could be replicated across the country. a network of well run dissonance o pens rees with focus unequal control and customer service. he says that despite the new laws in colorado and washington, marijuana should remain a mid in. >> we're not a supermarket.peopo choose to come to a licensed cannabis dispensary. and people who don't choose to be exposed to it won't have to see it in their face. that's the future. >> but that dream could still go up in smoke. the next phase of the case is already begun, with hearings in federal court. >> brown: you can find more stories from stories from the students in the media enterprise alliance. just follow a link on our web site. >> ifill: high profile new jobs coverage in an unusual number of newly competitive senate openings. president obama set one prominent chain in motion last week nominated john kerry to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state. here to walk us through the policeman call cause and effect in three states are "newshour" political editor christina and "roll call" we heard today that one of the kennedy h,irs, ted kennedy, junior, decided not to run for the seat in massachusetts, what's happening there? >> more of interesting dynamics at play. whenever a kennedy decides to run in massachusetts he sort of think that clears the field. so when he said he wanted to stay in connecticut, potentially run for something there one day -- >> ifill: which is where he lives. >> exactly. opens up the field for the democrats in a big way. really where everybody is paying attention right now the republican side. senator scott brown just lost the seat very high profile race in 2012 to elizabeth warren, should he choose to run for special election, try to repeat in 2010 to be able to catch democrats by surprise, that could be his seat. but he may not run. there are lot 6 different things at play, he has options down the line, always run for governor at some point. if he doesn't run, then the republicans will sort of start to step up. >> ifill: interesting that elizabeth warren is about to be senior senator from massachusetts before she's sworn in. also tomorrow mows falling in the house, there are three members, massachusetts members who are eyeing this seat. >> absolutely. there are three members, some of whom have been there nor decades and have been eyeing this senate seat have been looking at this one for a long time. it would be very interesting if all three of them ran in the special election, but that's not necessarily a good thing for democrats. divided primary would be expensive, probably damaging in the long run especially if they're going up against scott brown and the general election. >> ifill: who are they? >> you have edward markey, steven lynch. >> ifill: especially edward markey is quite senior, the house seat in order to get this. >> it's a special election. they wouldn't have to give up their house seat unless deval patrick appointed them to the seat in the meantime which they're unlikely to want that. because it would mean they have to give up their house seat even though it would give them a head start. >> ifill: in hawaii last week, daniel ioneu died. and in a letter written to the governor who gets -- decide who takes his seat he actually stated his preference. >> he did. there are a lot of interesting elements with this. one thing that actually very same three what happened when teddy kennedy passed away in massachusetts, in fall 2009 or summer, sent letter to deval patrick he wanted them to change the law in massachusetts somebody would be able to fill that seat during critical time when they were debating health care reform. then somebody would run with special election. well in hawaii basically what he said was, i really want someone to fill my seat i hope that is congress warm colleen hanabusa who has not been there very long, very close, he felt that she would represent him with fer per. he said he respected requested. that what is interesting, governor abercrombie did not release that letter. senator's office released that. there's some political pressure going on and essentially as they're having this fiscal cliff negotiations. >> ifill: governor abercrombie is slam dunk that colleen who is on the dying man's lips practically gets this job or other people still trying to figure a way in? >> what's going to happen this week is the hawaii democratic state central committee will meet. and they're going to give, according to state law, the governor three names of people who he could appoint to the seat. as long as colleen makes that list and is looking very, very likely that she will, the governor will most likely appoint her. it would be very difficult for governor to ignore such a legend as daniel's last and final tower appoint this word. >> ifill: others that we want to talk about, nothing to do with tragic loss or with dramatic promotion, just old fashioned politics, in south carolina christina, jim demit decided to quit. the governor appointed tim scott. >> which is very interesting first african american senator to represent this state for south carolina. and his seat, he will vacate that as early as january 2 that would open up the house seat which is whole other story. which is so fascinating if you'll have fully lex for that seat in 2014. also in 2014 senator lindsey graham is up for re-election. we don't know for sure if he's going to run, but conservatives have been challenging him in pry mother for a long time. they don't view him as conservative enough. which jim was a very conservative senator all in favor of conservative primaries getting the more moderate republicans. this is going to be two very interesting, very competitive races in a state that's not necessarily very competitive in the national landscape. >> ifill: who wants their job, who wants lindsey graham's job and who wants tim scott's job? >> now that tim scott is appointed, it's obviously very early to tell but i don't think he'll get as much as primary challenge. he's very -- pretty well regarded among conservatives in the state. lindsey graham, there were several people maybe someone in the sell gibbs, a state senator perhaps who might challenge him in the primary. still up in the air, but i'd be very surprised if he didn't get a challenge of some sort in the primary next year. >> ifill: in general, do these kinds of races, are these watched closely for fundraising purposes, for ambition purposes or just all town themselves? >> all of the above, quite actually. you have a lot of money can be raised very quickly in a short period of time. but also there's a lot of national groups that get there interests advocated for. in addition to to that usually shorter timeframe people aren't running for a year, they can run and turn out you can spend less money to implement more voters. >> ifill: how unusual to have these special elections? are we just overreacting because it seems like so many happened so quickly? >> it's fairly unusual to have so many so quickly right after another election ends. remember dough dealt with some of this after 2008 when obama was going to the senate a lot to appoint people to his cabinet, dealing with a lot of fallout then as well. sometimes it happens, when president switching terms but it's very rare to have this much political activity so soon after november 2012. >> ifill: thank you both very much. tomorrow we'll talk with christina about shifting political landscape in illinois. south carolina again and new jersey. >> brown: next, the story of a catholic priest's journey as a doctor ministering through 25 years of haiti's recent history. fred de sam lazaro has the latest in our "agents for change" series. a version of this report aired on the pbs program, "religion and ethics newsweekly." >> brown: for 25 years, father rick, defined and redefined through crisis and even catastrophe. he came to this impoverished caribbean nation in 1987 after a few years in mexico and honduras to expand the mission of his catholic religious order. >> we came in fact to set up what we do everywhere, which is home and school for orphan and abandoned children. we say orphanage is just -- it's easier the fact is we have community of families, that's what we have. community of families that have been broken by tragedy. >> today 800 children whose parents have died or whose families are unable to care for them are housed in several centers. this one taking to functions out of shipping containers. the shelters' young managers themselves grew up here like 22-year-old billy. his mother was here when she was three. >> my mother was very early a about 16 years old, then my father took off. then my mother couldn't take care of me. >> his mother visits occasionally he says, but the orphanage is very much his family. >> that's our goal to restore the family over one generation, to raise the children together so they have memories of their own childhood. restored childhood that later in life they become aunts and uncles to each other's children and their family regenerates after a generation, that's our goal. >> early in the 1990s, came a new challenge, children with hiv/aids. >> we received some really bad occasions with almost nobody around to manage them and us with nothing but our goodwill. to manage them. that really engraved itself hard on my memory. seeing such terrible things, honestly not having a clue. >> so he decided to become a doctor, he got his medical degree when he was in his 40s his newly acquired expertise combined with astute fundraising resulted in a modern pediatric hospital in 2006. country's largest. a wing was added for women with high risk pregnancies which often resulted in premature births. this way such newborns are right near the 22-bed center for neonatology. the doctor is the federal director. >> >> which is a ventilation. >> on any given day you have 22 kids in here who would not have lived. >> correct. >> then a new challenge, devastating earthquake of 2010. the quake did not damage this hospital but quickly overwhelmed it. >> the conforming to a full mass center. we have patients everywhere. >> donations poured in, $9 million in all after the quake. were used to start a new adult hospital. but ten months later came a new crisis, cole la which killed -- cholera, which killed nearly 5,000 people. most recently as a result of hurricane sandy. >> we kind of mushroomed out in response to all of these problems. i think the surprise to everybody including to us is that we could do it all pretty much without batting an eyelash. the real wonder of it to tell you the truth, this is a country of no infrastructure practically. and it's a country of failed -- >> three years after the quakeds given to thousands of nge he is, nongovernment organizations, the rebuilding has been slow. >> too much to -- it's goodwill, it should be recognized fully as that and appreciated. but it doesn't get channeled in a way that makes sense and in fact it's a way that gets -- is disruptive. >> many smaller ngos have come and gone as their funding allowed. bureaucracy slowed larger agencies and major projects in housing and clean water and sanitation. some 360,000 earthquake victims remain displaced intent camps. so the suffering continues and the toll presents itself darkly and literally. each morning in the chapel of st. damien's children hospital, the shrouded bodies of those who have died, several infants and one adult on this day, are counted. the names written down for prayers that follow at daily mass. >> anybody that dies in our arms as they say, in our place, their body is first brought to the chapel so that the very next mass we have the prayers for the dead and for their peace and for the transformation of their life to eternity and for the strength and courage of their family. >> beyond prayer, he says it's important to strengthen families and communities in development work, unlike many ngos project manager rafael says this one tries to involve the community. >> organizations come in with their own ideas and do things their own way, the way that father rick works, we don't come in to a community and give our idea of what to do and how to do it. you look in to the community, listen to their needs because they know them the best then we work together. >> in the sprawling port-au-prince slum, he says the group is partnering with the community to build homes in a sea of shacks and squall already. they're built on the principle that if you wait to do things right nothing will get done for years. prolonging the suffering. >> we're investing in the purchase of time, there's simple block structures, we make most of them ourselves, simple aluminum -- more towards normal than anything that they have known but just buying time while the people with big money and big plans and interwoven network of organizations can do a proper urban development. that's what we're doing. >> they're also building a new health care facility here, all told about 1800 haitians work for the mission begun by him, hundreds of thousands have been served in orphanages, schools and hospitals. funding comes from individuals, foundations and government grants. this year he was awarded the $1 million opus prize given to a faith-based social entrepreneur out of the minnesota-based opus foundation. he does not see his work for the haitians he serves as charity. >> we give them the chance that we all have had, rather than saying, i gave you this chance. i say, i was fortunate i had that chance, it dime me. i didn't make it. we want that same chance to come to you. >> but in haiti, he admits, progress is slow and success builds one small stretch at a time. >> ifill: >> ifill: fred's reporting is a partnership with the under-told stories project at saint mary's university in minnesota. >> brown: finally tonight, the gift of poetry over 100 years, in a conversation we recorded recently with poet and editor christian wiman. written today whatever style, genre or approach, written a hundred years ago by harriet monroe when she founded poetry. now the oldest monthly journal. along the way introduced figures as esra and t.s. elliott and wallace stevens to former poet laureate ryan. in 2003, poetry received a large grant that led to the creation of the poultry foundation. which funds projects to support the art of -- to mark the anniversary now comes a new book "open door" 100 poems, 100 years of poetry magazine. with me is christian wiman. >> thanks for having me. >> this is not a greatest hits of poetry magazine, what were you and coed for after? >> we want to make a book that did a couple of things that represented the magazine's history so that it had some of the high water moments like the love song and others. but it also represented sort of the living history of the magazine, what we're reading 120,000 submissions a year and choosing from among the best of them. >> 140,000? >> 140,000. >> i saw you -- i went, my, goodness. >> we're looking for unexpected pieces by recognizably great poets, but also even more so strand out features by young poets. we wanted it to represent that. >> in the introduction i'll quote, one of the qualities to be good at reading poetry is being good at life. the capacity for surprise. here you are as editor getting all of these, you're reading poetry. what does surprise mean to you when you're reading a poem? >> i think it's usually first a quality of language. some sort of signature language that you notice. but it's easy to get sidetracked with that. we need that in a poem, but even more than that you have to have some sort of emotional engine running the thing. those two things, you're surprised on the level of technique and surprised at the level of your heart. >> is there an example you can think of while you're culling through these? >> every poem in the book. what pops to mind, one by thomas dish who died a few years ago, he wrote a poem, i forget the title, about -- he uses words like terror and civilization and words that we hear in the news all the time now but he wrote this poem in the '70s. that poem is a real surprise to the way it seemed to anticipate things that we're talking about now. another by a young poet, one we wanted to include several young poets, out in california named maria hummell a very beautiful poem about having a sick child, seriously ill child, taking care that have child. it shows the way using very plain language to bring across this very complicated tragic situation. >> when you're talking about the writing of poetry, i'm referring to your introduction you emphasize language, you emphasize craft, you also emphasize a kind of moral way to wrote in poetry. what did you learn about writing of poetry again from going back. >> a famous quote who is foreign correspondent for poetry mag sheen for years. he said, technique is the test of a man's sincerity. i think that surprises some people because they think if you are spending too much time concentrating on the technique of an art that then you're losing the feel that's behind it a lot of students think that, can make me learn the right of it. but i think any time you spend a long time with poetry what you learn is that anyone who make those technical decisions part of their emotional life, you feel those, not really writing poetry that will last. that's what we saw throughout a hundred years, the poems that last have some real concentration with the formal elements. >> also said, i think, something about paraphrase, telling you what it is in a sentence or a phrase. >> similarity to dreams in that regard. also make a lot of that interpreting our own dreams. but always something about, that you've dream and it seems to say something and you figure it out. you think, i figured it out. same with poems, you have great poem and we ask to tell us what it means, always element of disappointment i find that a poem is a clear expression. i think you want -- need some way to in habit these parts of our lives that are not clear, that aren't black or white, one way or the other. poetry can give us that. >> well, this long running question that you -- sometimes tired question role of poetry in our culture, your answer seems to be something like that, who knows in what ways poetry seeps in to all of our lives. >> i think there are a couple of answers to that question. if you look at the metrics, poetry is present in american culture is increasing, you see it on the "newshour," for instance, you hear it on the radio, you come across it on the internet which i think street actually great boon to poetry. >> i remember talking to philip levine the number of poetry readings, he said you can't take a walk without tripping over one as owe poe posed to when he was young. >> it's enormous. a small percentage of that population that actually reads poetry, i think however that poetry is influencing the culture in ways we don't see and ways that other arts are as well. in the lives of people who don't pay attention to it. in ways that not always aware of. i talk about that in the introduction. >> more than 100,000 submissions certainly a lot of people are writing poetry. >> i think it's actually -- may not get people to admit that they're writing poetry, but the number of people who write poetry -- don't show it to anybody. i mean all the time, they don't want to show it just talk about the act of having written something. i think it's embedded in our genes. we don't know it as culture that doesn't have poetry. it has such roots that not going to be -- >> we'll continue this conversation online. i hope our viewers will join us there. for now, christian wiman thanks for talking to us about the "the other dope, 1010 poems in 100 years". >> there is in need more of our >> brown: there's more of our conversation about christian wiman's own poetry and his latest book, "every riven thing". that's on our poetry page. >> ifill: again, the major developments of the day. a gunman set a fire in western new york state, then ambushed firefighters, killing two. it was one of several attacks nationwide, with memories of the newtown school massacre still fresh. and in bethlehem, the church of the nativity marked the arrival of christmas day with midnight mass. and the pope presided over late night services for hundreds of the faithful, in st. peter's basilica at the vatican. actor jack klugman was died in california. online, we ask "what did the world look like in 2012?" kwame holman is here to tell us. >> holman: rewind the year in photos and revisit some of the most memorable and tumultuous moments around the globe. find that slideshow on our world page. plus larry kotlikoff continues to answer questions about social security, including what happens to the benefits of those who die without a survivor. find "ask larry" on the business desk. all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. >> brown: and that's the newshour for tonight. on tuesday, christmas day, we'll look ahead to 2013, a pivotal year for implementing the new health care reform law. i'm jeffrey brown. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. we'll see you online and again here tomorrow evening. merry christmas, thank you, and good night. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> bnsf railway. >> macarthur foundation. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... 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